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Diablo III Auction Houses Closing Next Year

Jonathan Lester
Activision, Auction house, Blizzard, Diablo III, PC games, Real-Money Auction House

"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.

Add a comment3 comments
Tsung  Sep. 17, 2013 at 20:58

So now there is no reason to have always online play?

Dress it up however you like Blizzard Diablo 3 is a very short game, with very limited replayability.

Anarchist  Sep. 18, 2013 at 00:09

I've always been a massive diablo fan. There, I said it.

From the original demo back in 1995 ish, where I played those two demo levels to absolute death, killing the butcher probably well over a few dozen times, through to smashing uber diablo solo on diablo 2.

However. After playing diablo 3 for a grand total of 3 hours the other day, I'm totally bored with it. They've taken all the magic out of developing your character, all the fun out of creating the most bizarre combination of skills possible, and instead replaced it with a dumbed down, idiot friendly atrocity.

Whatever they do with it, will not save it. It is broken beyond repair. And that's coming from one of the biggest diablo fans to have walked the earth.

Quietus  Sep. 18, 2013 at 11:07

I pretty much agree with Anarchist. I've always loved Diablo. I have no idea how many times I've played and replayed Diablo 2, usually with my Zealot, but I just couldn't enjoy Diablo 3. I played through it, but just didn't really enjoy it.

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