While gaming can be a super-social event, somtimes when you log into a video game, you just don't want to deal with other people. You might want to wander Azeroth by yourself for a while, slay a few demons without anybody's help, or float around the galaxy as a solo activity. Blizzard is listening.
"In the coming months," Blizzard will roll out a Battle.net update that gives you the power to tweak your online presence when playing World of Warcraft, Diablo III or StarCraft II. Soon, you will be able to select "Appear Offline" - and, as you might suspect, all of your contacts - Real ID, BattleTag and character-level will see you as "Offline" in their friends list.
You'll still have to put up with people for a little while longer, the update will be introduced to all three games separately in future updates. It'll be bundled in with a Diablo III patch some tima fter 1.0.5, but for World of Warcraft and StarCraft II, you'll have to wait until those games get their respective expansion packs (Mists of Pandaria and Heart of the Swarm).
Stay tuned to Player Attack, we'll have all the news about Blizzard's Appear Offline plans as they're rolled out over the next few months.
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