Posted on August 2, 2008,

Cross-Game Achievements Coming to Diablo, Starcraft, and WoW

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For the past few years, achievements have been all the rage on Xbox 360. The recent PS3 v2.4 firmware update added in support for trophies, Sony’s answer to achievements, and PlayStation Home has promised to make trophies a big deal.

So imagine the possibility of achievements in World of Warcraft; a scenario we learned would become reality with the game‘s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. As it turns out, there’s more to Blizzard’s plans for achievements than just tacking on some goals to their insanely popular MMO — Diablo III and Starcraft II will be getting in on the achievement love, too.

“Eventually, our plans are for the Achievement system to become an account-based system,” WoW lead designer Jeff Kaplan told MTV Multiplayer.

With these new Blizzard Accounts, you’ll be able to earn points to add to your “Blizzard Level,” which Kaplan admitted is “basically a gamerscore” when the subject of Xbox Live’s system came up.

“For now the points are just a WoW character score. As we graduate to that Blizzard Account system, which is right on the horizon, it will switch over to a Blizzard Level.”

He added, “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… 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.’ That sort of thing.”

Sounds great, but wouldn’t it be better if this were plugged into Live where you could track achievements and points across a larger spectrum than just the latest Blizzard titles?

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8 Comments on Cross-Game Achievements Coming to Diablo, Starcraft, and WoW


On August 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm

No, it wouldn’t be better if it were plugged into Live. That would make no sense, as I’d assume a good, very large proportion of WoW/SC/Diablo players do not own 360′s, thus do not have Live.

Blizzard having their own achievement system for their own games is a good idea.
(Even if the WoW achievement system is just a cheap knock-off of WAR’s Tome of Knowledge)


On August 2, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I’d say it would be better plugged into Steam, but if they could get Microsoft to agree to a gamerscore only deal, which they wouldn’t be able to, then it’d be good.

Nathan E Burke

On August 2, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Hey look an innovative way to get people to buy the games instead of pirate them. All this and without the crappy DRM that EA is using. Good job Blizzard.


On August 2, 2008 at 8:44 pm

lawl. GFW should never touch or get remotely near Blizzard and it probably wont. Although im a huge fan of steam I dont think it should touch Blizzard either. Blizzard has been my homeboy since I first started gaming with d2, sc, and wc3. They have all the right things in their company and I’d love to see them step out of the shell on their own.


On August 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Achievements wouldn’t want me to buy the game. They don’t give me anything extra. Why are achievements so great?


On August 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm

I agree attaching them to Steam would be a good idea. I mean, what’s the downside? Already you have an established system and community, it’s no longer limited merely to Blizzard games, you get the whole auto updates and Steam overlay thing going on. Just seems better than having a seperate account solely for Blizzard. I’m sure if they wanted some Blizzard-only point system, they could figure out a way to track that too.


On August 3, 2008 at 1:19 am

I think it’s not particularly “good” idea as it’ll lead to more jack@$$es going; “OMG I’m 1337 look at my score!” At the same time I do think it’s a cool idea. Not exactly a buying decision or anything, but a cool feature none the less. Seems to me like it’s more a pull off EQ or SWG to me, but eh.


On August 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I don’t think its meant to draw people to buy the games, Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 will sell themselves(with probably the most sales of any game so far).