Blizzard Prepares a Desktop Client

Early data from a Desktop app shows combined game support, and new features like 'Appear Offline' Desktop Client
Blizzard is working on a new Desktop Client that will support all of their online games in one updater. The new client appears to provide single-login access to all four of Blizzard's current and upcoming primary game franchises: World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone. The client will also provide new features not available in the current update programs for Blizzard games. New support pages refer to the new client as the Desktop app. The client provides much of the functionality of similar multi-game support apps, like Valve's Steam.

A report by MMO Champion provides an early look at the new client, including screenshots of the client's launcher, news pages, and some of the client's text strings. It appears that users may be able to chat directly from this client, without having to log into any of Blizzard's games.

Another long-awaited feature that appears to be in the works with this new client is the ability to Appear Offline. This feature was promised back in September 2012, as coming to all games. That option will be very handy for the times when you don't care to interact with other people on your friends list, and want to get in some playtime on your own.

The new client has not been announced yet, but the appearance of multiple new support pages dealing with it suggest that we may seen more information about it in the near future.
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