Blizzard to Add "Buddy Lists" to Diablo II
9:52 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Battle.net reports that new buddy/chat features are being tested now on the US East gateway. Diablo II players will be allowed to keep a 'buddy list' of up to 25 different friends, thus being able to easily see who is online and playing. Two different types of friends are noted: the first level will just allow you to see if they're online and playing in a game. The second and 'closer' level of friendship will offer more advanced features, if the two people trust eachother. Here's a clip explaining more:
Since we want to provide more features to users who trust each other, if users add each other to their friends list they will be considered mutual friends. When enumerating friends, mutual friends will have their channel/game name revealed even if the user is in a private channel/game so that they can always find each other. When mutual friends perform certain actions they may be notified. The current notifications are; There are many other interesting friendly features being tested, so head over now for the scoop on what exactly is changing. Assuming the tests are well received by players, the new changes should be propogated to the other gateways under Battle.net control.
Battle.net Friends Details
Your friend [account] has entered Battle.net.
Your friend [account] has left Battle.net.
Your friend [account] created a [program] game called [game name]
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