Hey all you undead Warlocks and Blood Elf Hunters: Soon, World of Warcraft will require you to sign up with Battle.net to get your Azeroth fix.
Beginning November 11, World of Warcraft will be accessible only through Battle.net. Players who do not have a Battle.net account must register with the service before they can join the 11-million-plus players in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But don't worry. It's free.
"What do I get out of it?" You might be asking. According to the switch-over's official FAQ, here are the advantages to players:
The new Battle.net Account allows you to log in to World of Warcraft, manage purchases at the online Blizzard Store, keep track of CD keys for your Blizzard Entertainment games, access our websites (such as the World of Warcraft Armory), opt in to upcoming beta tests, and more using a single login -- just your email address and a password. In the future, we plan to add more features, including tools to make it easier for friends to communicate between games and to help bring our community of players closer together.
For more information on Blizzard/Battle.net, check out the official site.
I haven't played WoW in a long time, but I'm against the Battle.net addition, because new things are scary and make me feel uncomfortable. What do you think?