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Diablo III’s Auction House to Be Cut Next March
The most notorious feature in Diablo III, the auction house, will be coming to an end. Blizzard has announced they will be cutting it from the game entirely, effective March 18th, 2014.
I couldn’t be anymore surprised, I thought they were going to stick by it until the end. I was wrong and the majority is getting their way. Diablo III’s auction house has received nothing but harsh criticism since it’s release. In case you didn’t know, the auction house allowed players to spend real world money in order to purchase in-game loot. This inevitably lead to the outrage of gamers for the games pay-to-win feature, which let players simply buy the best loot without ever putting in the time it took to get it. Gamers argued that the point of Diablo in the first place is to earn said loot, not to simply cheat for it.
But Blizzard seems to regret it and has given in players, finally giving them what they want. They’re taking some big steps to remove it and fix what holes it’ll leave. Here’s what Blizzard said via their blog:
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.