In a fairly surprising announcement, Blizzard have posted an update that for the most part brings the Diablo back in Diablo III! That update, ladies and gentlemen, is the removal of BOTH the gold auction house and the real money auction house! They “feel” – and by feel I mean after customers have endlessly requested the removal of these features – that by removing the auction house, Diablo will get back to its basic formula of “kill monsters, get loot”.
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.
The shutdown of both the auction houses should occur by March 18th 2014 so the game can be ready by the time Loot 2.0 and Reaper Of Souls roll out.
I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that Diablo is back.
(Article written by: Pierre J. Iskandar)