Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blizzard is shutting down the Real Money Auction House in D3

When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But as we've mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we've decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III.

We feel that this move along with the Loot 2.0 system being developed concurrently with Reaper of Souls™ will result in a much more rewarding game experience for our players.

We're working out the details of how the auction house system will be shut down, but we wanted to share the news as soon as we made the decision in order to give everyone as much advance notice as possible. Please note that the shutdown will occur on March 18, 2014. We will keep everyone informed as we work through this process.

Josh Mosqueira and I wanted to provide everyone with a little more information behind this decision, so please have a look at the video, and stay tuned to this site for further updates in the months ahead.
Will that make me happy with the game, problery not. The always online DRM screwed me over. Imagine trying to play diablo in a wierd mode where you had 7 mins to clear a map or reach a checkpoint. Thats what my diablo 3 is like with there DRM.

There customer service completely ignored me. Only giving placebo tips like join global chat.

This never happened in the beta and I never had this issue with playing other blizzard games, Starcraft 2 / Warcraft.

So the real money auction house never bothered me. It just made the game boring in the long term. As I can't play the game in the long term unless someone plays with me its kind of pointless.

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