Diablo III auction house staying offline for at least another 24 hours

Blizzard takes Diablo III auction houses offline following gold exploit bug; return date currently unknown.

The Diablo III auction house will be remaining offline for at least another day, Blizzard has announced. The downtime began after the game's recent 1.0.8 patch, which triggered an exploit allowing players to generate trillions of gold.

The bug has since been fixed, although the gold and real-money auction houses remain offline for an indefinite time in the Americas. It was stated that a rollback will not be necessary, as Blizzard is conducting an audit on players who exploited the bug.

Blizzard has as yet been unable to provide a time frame for when the service would be restored, but has stated that updates will be posted in the announcement thread on the company's forums.

Diablo III's incorporation of an auction house has remained controversial throughout the game's lifespan. Speaking at The Game Developers Conference (GDC), former game director Jay Wilson said that the auction house had negatively impacted the game.

Wilson revealed that over a million unique users log in to Diablo III each day.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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poopinpat
poopinpat

as blizzard conducts an audit on their players.... ahahahahaha.  Pretty much sums them up.

Timeaisis
Timeaisis

Torchlight II > D3. And it's more than half the price, no less. And you can play offline. And there are pets. I really don't know why people play D3, but I was definitely one of their suckers in the beginning.

Vertigem
Vertigem

Bought it as soon as it came out, 75 bucks to the garbage. Tried to play it for the first couple of weeks, till I realized that even if they fixed the online lag the game would still suck. I rage-quited, rage-uninstalled, rage-cursed them for the next 100 years for ruining my favorite game of all time with their greed. Damn you Blizzard!!!!

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I enjoyed my first playthrough, but there was so much lag when the effects started really rolling in in the next difficulty that I was getting less than one frame per second in some instances.   

Never went back.

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

Blizz, seriously just keep it offline and give us the option to play offline finally. You've already taken the time to do it for the console version. Do it.

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

More arguments against always on single player gaming......

Szeiden
Szeiden

Should have stayed offline permanently.

vadagar1
vadagar1

the utter lack of control over my character just made me sick, in D2 you had so much control ...u could make a melee sorcerer or a caster amazon (kinda) ...etc and you could play around with the skills and the drops were great..


now the drop rates are BALLS and every character just progresses the same way

Courtawulf
Courtawulf

CDR accidentally releases mod tools early due to a mess up on their website, their reaction is "Oops! Well, for those who got it, have fun!"

Blizzard does something similar, their reaction "SHUT EVERYTHING DOWN UNTIL WE CAN STEAL EVERYTHING BACK".

I wonder which company will be more supported by fans? 

commander1122
commander1122

this shit still alive????i tot people stop playing it decade ago..

Rickchavis49
Rickchavis49

Diablo 3 was a ploy for additional revenue post-launch. You buy the solid copy, but you experience incredibly low drop rates in an attempt to shove you towards a microtransaction. This is cutthroat business, and lead to anger of the user base. Blizzard is going to have to revert their priorities from a heavy revenue focused agenda back to a customer first model.

Blizzard_suck
Blizzard_suck

who TF cares about Diablo 3??? F..  Auction house,  F...  Online games

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

Blizzard needs to fix their money scamming operation to protect it from thieves. Take all the time you need fuckos!

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

You know what... I think I get it.  The reason GameSpot has been covering Diablo 3 lately.  They are trying to get publicity for the game becuase Blizzard is paying them!!!

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

AKA "We dun fuckeded up and dun no know how tuh fix it blarb"

OuTLaWzGaming
OuTLaWzGaming

my co-worker says he has 4 bots running permanently,that noone uses the RMAH anyway and he has like 100k life on his DH and mostly 1hit kills anything in PvP. talk about a broken POS of cashgrab of a game


Alekxander
Alekxander

..."Wilson revealed that over a million unique users log in to Diablo III each day."...

He failed to mention that 900,000 of those unique daily users are gold farmers/scammers/bots.

X-RS
X-RS

Pray thats Microsoft minutes *crosses fingers*

Eraldus
Eraldus

Please, make it stay offline forever...

AzatiS
AzatiS

So you are against LADDER blizzard , ha ?!! So many mistakes , exploits, bugs and bad decisions... Crap of a company you became ... 8 years in development and you still cant deliver.... Pathetic!

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

Ah D3.  You tricked me into thinking that you would be a super-long game after Act II.

You scamp.

oo7superdave
oo7superdave

did they have a AH in D2?  Cause the RMAH is the main cause of the problems


macoy300418
macoy300418

how about baldurs gate online, ooh yeah

andres_ak47
andres_ak47

if you dislike D3 you can always try Path of Exile. It is said that it's better D3 than D3 itself.

jmr1986
jmr1986

Leave it offline forever, kill it, kill it, with fire!!

vadagar1
vadagar1

me playing D1 and D2 is proof that D3 is a piece of garbage, in fact D2 is leagues better that Auction house 3

northArrow
northArrow

You young whipper snappers won't believe me, but I remember a time when Blizzard didn't suck.

Omega_726
Omega_726

Just leave it off and let us label our game sessions and let people browse them from a list. Would seriously go a long way towards making this game fun.

ranbla
ranbla

I would like to see both the AH and RMAH completely removed from the game, but for that to be feasible, the games loot drop system would need to be completely revamped.

emanwell
emanwell

Ppl that pay real money on the action house are just plain stupid!


Fucking Blizzard messed the drop rates so much just to improve their filthy-greedy profit!

blackothh
blackothh

I can just picture all the squirming players that cant use their precious auction house.

catsimboy
catsimboy

@vadagar1 They just assumed everyone read skill guides for D2 and only made characters that were cookie cutter to meet specific goals at the end of the game like PvP or PvE. Making characters just for fun? That's a foreign concept to them.

blkgto
blkgto

@Rickchavis49 There's probably a lot of influence coming down from activision too.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@oo7superdave No they didn't.  If you wanted to do trade you'd sit in chat for hours till you finally got something, then go into a fresh game to do your business.  Ah the good old days where things were more archaic than they are now.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@northArrow Back when Ultima Online was one of the best MMO's to date.  God I love nostalgia...

Kooken58
Kooken58

@northArrow Yeah back before they joined Activision. They can say however much they like how Activision isnt effecting them. But doesnt it seem like a major coincidence that the moment they merged with them their games have progressively become crappier?

poeticas
poeticas

@northArrow Them days when Diablo was actually an RPG and not an Economics simulator ? Oh good old days... GOOD OLD DAYS.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Omega_726 unfortunatly that still wouldn't fix the major problems of the game being major hardcore trash.  Online was one minor problem compared to the other fatal flaws of the game.  The classes, skills and inability to actually SPEC made this game a frozen turd covered in sprinkles.

oo7superdave
oo7superdave

@ranbla that would be nice but will never happen.  they have no way of breaking down the RMAH.  If you have money in it they would be forced to credit the people with that money and i am pretty sure that will never happen


Kooken58
Kooken58

@ranbla The games loot system and stat system needs completely revamped anyway.  The entire game is shallow and linear.  Ive seen 10 year old games with more complexity to them.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@emanwell  Proving that microtransactions, once again, are NEVER a good idea in games...

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@blackothh What you mean the 9million bots?  I can't actually see any REAL person using that broken down system for anything...

ranbla
ranbla

@oo7superdave @ranbla You're probably right that it won't happen, but they could do it if they wanted to. Simply turn off the ability to post new items and allow existing auctions to complete normally. Once that happens, turn the whole thing off. Done.