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Blizzard To Track Achievements Across  WoW ,  Diablo III ,  StarCraft II
Blizzard To Track Achievements Across WoW, Diablo III, StarCraft II
August 4, 2008 | By Eric Caoili

August 4, 2008 | By Eric Caoili

Jeff Kaplan, lead designer of Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, revealed that the MMORPG’s forthcoming achievement system will eventually contribute to an account holder’s “Blizzard Level,” a Gamerscore-like system which collects points from the developer’s other titles.

Speaking to consumer website MTV Multiplayer, Kaplan disclosed that the studio intends to implement Blizzard Accounts that will track and show achievements for each player from not only World of Warcraft, but other upcoming Blizzard titles, such as Diablo III and StarCraft II.

Once it has established its Blizzard Account system, the developer will switch to its Blizzard Level system: “Your WoW score would be just one factor that will go into your Blizzard Level. And rather than call it a ‘score,’ we just wanted it to be like you’re leveling up on Blizzard games," said Kaplan.

"You’ll have this Blizzard identity, and you’ll be able to see things like ‘Oh, this guy was great at Diablo III, but he never played Starcraft and he was mediocre in WoW.’"

Announced at this year’s E3 Media & Business Summit, World of Warcraft’s achievement system, which is set to debut with forthcoming expansion Wrath of the Lich King will cover over 500 individual achievements covering various aspects of gameplay. Some of those achievements will come with in-game rewards, such as tabards, vanity pets, and titles.

The World of Warcraft achievements will initially be character specific, but Blizzard hopes to add account-specific achievements to the game with Wrath of the Lich King’s first content patch.

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Emerson Takahashi
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Is Blizzard going to keep accounts with more than 3 unplayed months?

With this announcement they must keep all accounts of game players.

Ben Hines
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WoW accounts have always been kept indefinitely.

Only the old accounts got nuked. So, presumably the SCII and D3 would use the WoW system.

Meow Cat
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What if you have been out of the game for a while (WoW) and you have to re-explore the world or will you automatically get that achievement?

Emerson Takahashi
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Should we assume that StarCraft II and Diablo III will have a paid multiplayer?