Blizzard to start "gamerscore" system

WOW Achievements are just the beginning.  

World of Warcraft lead designer Jeff Kaplan has let slip the first details of a Blizzard Account system that will track Achievements across all the publisher's games.

Speaking to MTV, Kaplan revealed plans to include Achievements in StarCraft II and Diablo III and allow players to improve their "Blizzard Level".

Blizzard recently announced the inclusion of Achievements in second WOW expansion Wrath of the Lich King.

"Eventually, our plans are for the Achievement system to become an account-based system," Kaplan said.

"It's basically a gamerscore," he continued. "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... Rather than call it a 'score', we just wanted it to be like you're levelling up on Blizzard games."

Players of the Lich King beta test in the US have been asked to create a Blizzard Account before starting, although the same is not true of the European beta.

Kaplan also revealed a few more details on WOW's Achievement system. Prior to the introduction of the Blizzard Account, it will be tied into character profiles on the WOW Armory website.

He also revealed that the first content patch for Wrath of the Lich King will include Achievements that are account-based, rather than character-based. "Things like, 'I have a Horde and Alliance character at maximum level' or 'I have three max-level characters'," he said.

We'll be very interested to see how Blizzard Accounts develop, and how they tie in to the company's revamped online gaming platform, due to launch alongside StarCraft II.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (18)

About the author

Oli Welsh

Oli Welsh

Editor-in-chief  |  oliwelsh

Oli is the editor of and likes to take things one word at a time. His friends call him The European, but that's just a coincidence. He's still playing Diablo 3.


You may also enjoy...

Comments (18)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch