Blizzard's launcher is getting a much-needed redesign

Blizzard is calling it 'the biggest front-end upgrade to in years.'

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Nick Summers
January 15th, 2021

For many, is the portal into their favourite PC and macOS video games. Blizzard-owned titles such as Overwatch and World of Warcraft, but also Activision releases such as Call of Duty: Warzone. As PC Gamer explains, though, the client has barely changed in the last eight years. Thankfully, a long overdue update has arrived. The general layout has been overhauled, and it’s now possible to ‘favorite’ games for easy access. The social pane has been reworked too, alongside a new notifications hub for messages and checking downloads. The update will be headed first to North America, followed by other regions “in the coming weeks,” according to a blog post. So if you don’t have it already, just hold tight.

If you’re curious, here’s a full breakdown of everything that’s changed:

  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in full-page view

  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab 

  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast

  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status

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