"It Ultimately Undermines Diablo's Core Gameplay"
In drastic Diablo III news, Blizzard has decided to switch off both the gold and Real Money Auction Houses. In less drastic news, it's happening next March.
"When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades," Blizzard Production Director John Hight wrote on Battle.net. "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."
The shutoff date has been confirmed as March 18th, 2014. For the record, the recently-released console version shipped without always-online DRM and any auction houses, and we didn't miss either of them.
Is this a good move, and if so, was it taken too late? Will you now be hitting the auction house like crazy to make as much money as possible? Let us know what you make of it.