Diablo 3 Auction Houses Getting the Axe in 2014
The world’s greatest “meh” video game experiment (besides Aliens: Colonial Marines) is coming to an end. We’re of course referring to the gold and real-money auction houses in Diablo 3, Blizzard’s flagship dungeon crawler that released last year.
In short, the two auction houses will be permanently closed down, and will be remain inaccessible to Diablo 3 players who wish to trade, buy and sell on it for good. The news comes directly from Blizzard’s own production director John Hight, who said that the service effectively “undermines” the core gameplay of Diablo 3.
“When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades,” mention Hight.
“But as we’ve mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the [auction house] 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.”
The systems previously in place to service functionality between the game and the auction houses will be replaced by what Blizzard is calling the “Loot 2.0” system, which will offer players a “much more rewarding game experience.”
Sure, you’re getting this “experience” nearly two years after launch, but you can’t blame them for trying.
“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.”
Both auction houses will close their doors for good on March 18, 2014. So if you’re looking to sell some stupid purple gloves or whatever, you’d better act quickly… or at least do so over the course of the next few months. Ah, who are we kidding, you’ve got plenty of time.