Diablo 3 Getting Microtransactions (Except For America)

Blizzard is taking a page from Hearthstone and introducing microtransactions to Diablo 3. According to patch notes in the Diablo 3 forums, this and a number of other features are not coming to the Americas. Here are a list of changes in patch 2.2.0 that aren’t coming to this hemisphere:

  • A new currency called “Platinum”
  • Timed experience boosts
  • New cosmetic items including wings, non-combat pets, and character portraits
  • References to stash space and character slot expansions
  • A new UI interface that references the above information

Platinum is the new premium currency in Diablo 3. Purchased using real-world currency, platinum will be used to buy the cosmetic items listed above. The Americas will receive the UI upgrades, though, for any pre-existing cosmetic items from pre-orders or collector’s edition goodies.

Platinum and microtransactions will most likely be going to markets in China, where the practice is much more acceptable than it is on this side of the Pacific. Blizzard’s crazy-popular foray into the collectible card game genre, Hearthstone, features similar transactions. Through use of real-world currency, players can get access to new card sets.

The highlights of patch 2.2.0 for Diablo 3 include brand new legendary armor sets, redesigned favorites, and new rift layouts for Adventure Mode. Check out a non-exhaustive list of patch notes here.

Diablo 3’s Chinese server is to begin technical testing later this month, so the reveal of these microtransactions now isn’t much of a coincidence.