On the European Battle.net forums, Zhydaris, a Blizzard Community Manager, talked a little bit about the next patch that is due before the end of the year and is set to incorporate chat channels. StarCraft: Legacy has translated the information:
I agree, but... the answer is quite simple and I state this because of past experiences... Blizzard is, without question the most stuborn company at the moment of anouncing something beforehand and the reasons are only two, In my own opinion... First: The information behind their work changes continiously and so does the news they would be about to give out.Zhydaris: The point is that this applies to everything, from balance to chat features.
Before we even make a change to x or y feature, we evaluate every possibility. This takes time, and we would like to remain silent untill we reach our final decision.
This is done to keep information objective and real, everytime it is possible to do so obviously.
In this particular case, the development of the Patch has been possitive and we would like to estimate towards a release at the end of the month. The Patch, if everything happens according to what we expected, will contain the chat feature, some minor balance adjustments, and a new characteristic we haven't anounced yet; and I expect that you are quite satisfied by the patch, as it has been quite demanded by the Italian Forums. Currently, the clan feature is still under development and we don't have any details to share, but I would like you all to see the great importance of it and that, just like the chat feature, we would like to deliver a feature beyond the expectations.
Finally I'll state that, from what I have seen untill now, in your questions here and in other threads, the chat system will not let you down.
This is it for now, so be patient, you all know that I'm always happy to share with you all the information in my power, but only when there is no risk to create unrealistic expectations or when said information is only 100% real or close to it.
What could the mysterious "new characteristic" in this patch possibly be? It will be interesting to see, and it is also good to know that the clan feature is now in development.
*takes some time to breath*