Buying items from other players undermined “Diablo’s core gameplay”.
Blizzard has made the surprising decision to remove the auction house from the PC version of Diablo III. The functionality, which allowed gamers to purchase in-game armour, weapons and gems with gold and real money, has always been viewed as controversial with some dubbing it a simple means for Blizzard to extract more money from its doting fanbase.
Thankfully that discussion will soon come to an end.
“It became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH [Auction House] 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,” explained production director John Hight, via Diablo III’s official blog.
“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.”
Details of the shutdown are still in the planning stages, but all auction house transaction will cease on 18th March, 2014. Yes, that’s a far ways off but then Blizzard are currently hard at work on the first expansion for Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, and we suspect the Auction House update may be rolled into that expansion.
If PC owners of Diablo III want to see how this will affect the game’s economy, they simply need to look towards the recently launched console versions which feature no auction house and an increased frequency of legendary loot drops.
More details about Diablo III’s future are sure to be revealed at Blizzcon which takes place in Anaheim on November 8th-9th. Virtual tickets for the massive fan event went on sale yesterday.
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