Golly, there's a lot more room on Battle.net's interface for new games now | PCGamesN

Golly, there's a lot more room on Battle.net's interface for new games now

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The Battle.net/Blizzard App (even they seem confused as to what they want us to call it now) interface got a fairly major update in the past couple of days. Notably, the icons used to switch which game you’re looking at were made a lot smaller. This has had two impacts: the client looks a bit uglier, and there’s room for about another six games in there.

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Here’s how the new version looks, which your client should have updated to automatically:

New Battle.net Layout

Here’s the old version for comparison:

Old Battle.net interface

As you can see, they were sorta running out of space, particularly if they were planning on slapping Destiny on there. However, far from just freeing up an extra slot, they’ve instead deliberately left a lot of blank space.

Designers hate blank space - there could be things there! Given we know big blue have multiple unannounced titles in development, including more Diablo, classic game remasters, mobile titles and others, it’s not out of the realm of possibility they’re prepping for a big reveal.

Of course, StarCraft Remastered, Destiny 2 and whatever Activision decide they’d like to put on there next are also all due in the coming months. Maybe it’s nothing. Or maybe Blizzard have an announcement lined up for today at SDCC, their usual presence at Gamescom and a BlizzCon to fill out once again this year. Just a thought.

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8 Months ago

Since when have designers hated blank space? I was always taught that space helps break content up and make it easier to parse.

Still don't understand why they thought changing the name from battle.net to the Blizzard App was a good idea. They've got 21 years of brand recognition in battle.net.

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8 Months ago

It's not like people don't know Blizzard... As a title it's been around just as long (if not longer) than Battle.net. For those who know the latter, they also know the former. This is not always true the other way round.

For blank space, I agree though. Anyone seen Sky Q's interface? a third of the menu screen is left blank permanently where they sell out with the Sky logo. That's a case of the UI/UX designers being lacking in the UX part of the job rather than a preference towards blank space, but the point still gets across.

With the upcoming addition of Destiny 2 to the Blizzard App's ranks, they've done a good job already of making sure the app doesn't look empty. It gives room to grow into the future, without forcing themselves out into the Steam-sized list management.