'Appear Offline' Option Coming Soon to Battle.net

New privacy option for all Blizzard games, will be added after patch 1.0.5 for Diablo III

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The online nature of Blizzard's games allows for interaction that would not be possible without the constant connection. That can become annoying when a player wants to not have to deal with other people while playing, though. Blizzard has just announced that they will be adding an Appear Offline option to Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft II in future patches. This is being announced today but won't happen for a little while; for Diablo III players, it will be coming in a patch following 1.0.5.

The full announcement:

In the coming months, we're planning an update to Battle.net that will give you more control over your online presence when playing Blizzard games. Soon, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III players will be able to select "Appear Offline" as one of their Battle.net social-status options (along with Available, Busy, and Away) for those times when they want to wander Azeroth by their lonesome, dominate the galaxy in radio silence, or slay demons in solitude. When you choose this option as your status, all of your Real ID friends, BattleTag friends, and character-level friends will see you as “Offline” in their friends list whenever you’re logged into a game.

The “Appear Offline” status option will be added to World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III separately in future updates for each game. For Diablo III, we expect to add the feature in a patch after 1.0.5. For World of Warcraft and StarCraft II, we expect to add the option sometime after the release of each game’s upcoming expansion.

Thanks for your continued feedback, and we’ll share more information on the availability of this new feature in the months ahead.

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