Blizzard doesn't sit still, and has introduced a New Feature, which is basically a preparation for Diablo 3 and an account wide achievement system that they've been working on. Quote: We’re pleased to introduce the Battle.net account -- a brand-new way for players to manage their Blizzard Entertainment games, make online Blizzard store purchases, log in to World of Warcraft, and more using just one set of login information. World of Warcraft players now have the option to create a Battle.net account, merge a World of Warcraft account (or multiple accounts) with it, and begin logging in to the game, the Armory, and the forums using their new Battle.net account login information. Merge your World of Warcraft account now - http://us.battle.net/account/creation/landing.xml Some of the benefits of the Battle.net account include:
Fewer passwords to remember. One single login lets you access World of Warcraft, the online Blizzard store, and more -- including upcoming games such as StarCraft II and Diablo III.
Opt in to upcoming Blizzard Entertainment beta tests. Put yourself in the running to be invited to test upcoming games.
Easy access to your classic games. Store your CD keys for classic Blizzard Entertainment titles, and then download the games whenever you wish.
And more to come… We’re planning to add more features in the future, including tools to help friends communicate between games and bring players closer together.
At this time, signing up is completely optional -- but if you’re interested in taking advantage of the benefits of the Battle.net account today, check out the FAQ for more information, or create an account now.
Create an account- http://us.battle.net/account/creation/landing.xml
So, there you have it.
Not so hothot news, but there's more!
The same news can be found on StarcraftWire. However, they note that the authenticator keys you currently have for your WoW accounts will all be useable for all your battle.net games! Isn't that sweet? Also, if you currently have 4-5 of the things (1 for each wow account), you'll only need a single one from this point on. Sadly though, WoW can't be merged into your battle.net account yet if you're living in the EU.... Like myself.. /sigh
As for those battle.net account wide achievements, those are definitely in the works and have been announced quite some time ago already. I figure posting it here again should serve as a nice reminder.
Basically, you'll be able to inspect each other's battle.net account (or look it up on a website) and see another player's world of warcraft achievements. As well, you'll be able to see the number of Starcraft games he won, and the highest level diablo 2 hardcore character / ladder position he has ever achieved. These are just examples, but no doubt there will be plenty other options coming!