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The Diablo III auction house is gone by 2014, yes!

I hate the Diablo III auction house. It ruined everything that was Diablo – the killing of mobs for loot. Granted, I made a few bucks off the auction house, and that’s real money I have no idea how I will use, but I’m at least thankful that the forthcoming Diablo expansion, Reaper of Souls, will say goodbye to the auction house, and focus on getting actualy cool drops from mobs that you kill. Something we had around the turn of the century. 

Maybe games need to stop trying to innovate in stupid ways, or do these cash grabs, and we can all be much more happy because of it. I will tell you what, I’ve lost my trust in Blizzard over the last few releases, and Diablo III was one of the worst launches in years, until Total War: Rome II came out last week. Ugh.

Don’t tell this to Zeus, though. He has a ridiculous character in Diablo III.

Here is Blizzard’s John Hight explaining the changes:

“When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades,” Hight wrote. “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,” he continued. “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.”

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