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Diablo III Auction House to be Shut Down

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 by

Diablo® III Auction House Update

 

A noble but failed experiment by Blizzard to include a formal channel of trading gold for items called the Auction House will, for better or worse, be removed from Diablo III on March 18, 2014.

Said John Hight:

“… 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.”

Although another Blizzard game, World of Warcraft, has a wildly successful auction house system there is more to that game than killing monsters for loot, and the systems that govern the loot acquisition are less favorable to AH transations, not to mention there are a greater variety of uses for accumulated gold in World of Warcraft. Here is the video discussion:

I find the AH kill-date, along with this quote interesting:

“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. “

Could it be that we will see a mid-March release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls?

Source: Blizzard.com

*Thanks to DeltaAttack.com Reader, Geoff, for submitting the tip.

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  • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Markham Asylum

    Keep going, Blizzard. Maybe in a few years I’ll be interested in D3 again.

    • http://ikecube.com/?utm_source=Disqus%2BProfile&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=WebLinks IkeCube

      A lot of the features listed in the expansion make it sound good. But Blizzard made D3 sound good, too. Fool me once…

      • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Markham Asylum

        Yeah. You can’t get fooled again.

        I currently have zero desire to put any more money into D3. Blizzard should make the base version better, not expect that players will be eager to shell out more dough to get the game more inline with what their expectations were before it released.