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Blizzard To Drop Diablo III Auction House from March 2014

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Blizzard To Drop Diablo III Auction House from March 2014

Information - posted by Crooked Bee on Sun 22 September 2013, 19:21:40

Tags: Blizzard; Diablo III; Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

This is kind of old news, but since Infinitron didn't post about it I'm gonna do it now anyway -- it was the past week's major news, after all, especially for those who are still under the Diablo spell for whatever reason. On September 17, Blizzard posted a surprise announcement on the Battle.Net blog, announcing the coming end of the infamous Auction House, decried as a "pay2win" system by many.

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. [...] Please note that the shutdown will occur on March 18, 2014.​

There was also a video to accompany this decision:

So, Auction House is being replaced with "the Loot 2.0 system" to be introduced by the Reaper of Souls expansion. What the hell is that, anyway? Erik Kain offers a short round-up:

[L]eaked information about the Reaper of Souls release points to new game modes, loot runs, and a number of other welcome-looking additions to the game. The leak also points to hundreds of new side quests spanning all the game’s Acts, as well as a Clan/Guild system. If true, the Reaper of Souls release, coupled with both Loot 2.0 and the demise of the Auction House, could bring Diablo III to new heights, making it the game it really ought to have been at release.

Now Blizzard just needs to implement an offline mode, and we’ll be in business.​

Unfortunately, however, no plans for an offline mode have been announced. On the contrary, it has been confirmed that Diablo III will stay online.

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