Diablo III auction houses closing March 2014

Blizzard Entertainment to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III next year.

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that it will remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III on March 18, 2014.

"When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades," Blizzard production director John Hight said in a statement.

"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," he added. "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."

Hight said that the closing of the Diablo III auction houses, along with the Loot 2.0 system that Blizzard is currently developing alongside the Reaper of Souls expansion, will result in a "much more rewarding game experience for our players."

He further explained that Blizzard is still "working out the details" regarding how it will close the Diablo III auction house system. The reason for announcing its closure six months ahead of time is to "give everyone as much advance notice as possible," Hight said.

"We will keep everyone informed as we work through this process," he said.

Check out the video below for more regarding Blizzard's decision to close the Diablo III auction house system.

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Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Angry fans: "Blizzard, remove the auction house, we don't want it"
(blizzard removes the auction house)
Angry fans: "Too late blizzard, the damage is already done"

Another day in the gaming community...

midnightmidway
midnightmidway

"When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades"

What an absolute lie...it was for one reason alone they implemented the AH...to get more of our money. No matter how much money they make, it will never be enough. They've become another greedy big business, period. And their reputation took a huge hit from the crap they pulled with D3. After 12 years of waiting, this is what we got. Still had fun with the game but we deserved better

Bobrzy
Bobrzy

Ever since Activision bought Blizzard everything went to s**t.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

*ahem* ... called it. Along with thousands of others. But hey.

Now would be nice if I could get my account unlocked without the necessary purchase of an authenticator. But it's good that this has been acknowledged.

hotcheese0
hotcheese0

Thousands of gold farmer in China will lose their job soon.

Gazdakka
Gazdakka

The damage is still done, Blizzard. It's not like they didn't warn you about it a year in advance or anything, but noooo, couldn't be satisfied with the indefinite WoW subscriptions -_-

Still, good that you're getting rid of it. Next step is to put in an offline mode like the console version, and it might stand a chance of remotely touching Diablo 2's awesomeness in its passing...

mangust26
mangust26

I am with Blizzard for good and for bad and the finale of AH  I think it is a right step. In such item depended game as D3 the line between real life wealth and poverty is too fine. What makes me playing these kind of games for about 20 years (I'm pretty old kid now 32) is a loot which is earned, found but definitely not acquired for real money or enormous number of gold coins which isn't possible to collect in a lifetime.  

blackothh
blackothh

WHAT? holy hell somebody at blizzard is finally paying attention?!@?#@$??#$@#%^@ 

too bad i already got my dungeon crawl fix with torchlight 2 and the steam workshop =)

by the way, easy solution, instead of dragging it out for 6 months longer.........dont allow more acutions to be created, and when the last ones dissapear, shut the forsaken system down forever!

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

I wonder if they'll have a going out of business sale? All items slashed 90%.

SpardisJX
SpardisJX

Much like the Xbox fanatics did, I wonder how long it will be before another partition is created to keep this feature?

alucardswrath
alucardswrath

"We thought we were going to make tons of money using RMAH, but it backfired on us. So now we are just going to use the "we listen to the fans, and now we giveback" route and say GAH/RMAH is going to close on march 2014. 

  Why 2014? because we are going to try to milk what we can. So for all you credit card "gamers"......you're going to actually HAVE to play the game, or play candy crush....The choice is yours to make."

This is the translation.

AzatiS
AzatiS

New end-game modes

New itemization

Manual attributes

Ladder mode

Clans

Removal of RMAH/AH

New class/act/boss

More gothic act than usual


What else to ask from Josh ? He is trying to save D3 with everything hes got. And imho , he will succeed on that. He does everything right !! Im amazed

xiconhoka
xiconhoka

hallelujah! hallelujah! hallelujah! halleluuuuuuujah! 

veryfrost
veryfrost

Soooo.. People play over and over D3 just to get new items ? Why they just can't mod them or draw for themselves instead of wasting so much time and even money?

Brazucass
Brazucass

What a lesson to the gaming industry! I talked to Jay WIlson about it on Blizzcon but he pretended that he was listening.

Zatto-1
Zatto-1

Not enough profit is the reason they are closing AH.

komuchen
komuchen

Ahahahaha, this move will be final nail to D3 coffin, because of RMAH many people are playing

ungasbarabas
ungasbarabas

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Diablo 3 is the biggest disappointment in the history of video games.

abarteau
abarteau

AH didn't ruin this game. Bad loot, story, and a whole slew of other things did.

vadagar1
vadagar1

bring back attribute control 

beetfunchic
beetfunchic

best and most uplifting news in a long time. Makes me want to believe in Blizzard once again even though their latest games (since WC3:TFT) took some turns i really loathed. The most noticeable aspect of Blizzard's bad developments however is the writing on the new games. Starcraft 2, WoW and now Diablo 3 suffer from seriously awful writing with almost complete disregard for subtlety, details, aesthetics of storytelling like *less is more*, plain old good taste for not repeating all the old cliches, mature themes and all in favor of dumbed down kiddie version of the game world which is most seemingly just there to lure in younger audience. Why not make a great world, great story, great atmosphere with true details, abiding to the well tested code of writing and actually coming up something that even the kids that play these games will and want to remember when they get older. No one will or even wants to remember this heap of cliches and unneccessary text and dialogue (which is awful btw) later if they continue on this way. Like Gamespot put it on HotS review: the Starcraft 1 story looks like Shakespeare in comparison to the story in HotS and newer Blizzard games. Please, don't let us down and get a proper writer and sack the fellow writing this hollow BS and tell him to enroll on some writing courses if he wants to continue writing. 

ShinoRagnar
ShinoRagnar

This atleast shows that they have the ambition of making a good game. There are still huge problems with the game, such as it "boring". I think the reality is that it lacks depth which makes us "bored" easier. Reintroduce the Diablo 2 skill, item and stats system aswell as a visual overhaul (towards Grim Dark Gothic ) should remedy most mistakes. Also remove these annoyances: Diablos Boobs, The toothfearie that killed deckard, scripted scenes, the dialogue in act 3.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

That's nice, so when will they remove the online-only DRM??

grasu
grasu

Does it really matter? The game will still be boring as hell and more linear than COD. The only thing you do in this game is kill monsters and get loot. The level cap is minuscule, nothing that happens between level one and 60 matters, all PCs are linear and don't encourage experimentation, there are no real "skills" or customization, PVP blows, etc. On top of that the items lack variety and they've all become a homogenous blob of DPS or Main stat modifier, or resistance. Everything else is completely useless. They can take out the AH, they can have the game running offline, they can even kiss every fans' ass pimples it still won't solve the bigger problem: Diablo 3 is as boring as shit.

julzeverne
julzeverne

@midnightmidway I can't believe how much respect I have lost for Blizzard over the past few years.

Unfortunately it was the crazy success of WoW that went to their heads and ruined their company.

Spawnblade
Spawnblade

@Gazdakka If this is done in tandem with Loot 2.0, the damage will actually be reversed as far as the game is concerned.  Any tricked out toons will suddenly find their 'hard earned' gear obsolete.

PvP will actually be something to look forward to now!

midnightmidway
midnightmidway

@Gazdakka I don't know how they could introduce an offline mode for PC though, without having huge problems with cheats and item dupes like we had with D2. There's always going to be assholes trying to cheat and exploit the game

vadagar1
vadagar1

@AzatiS well fuck if they do that i might just play it again 

vadagar1
vadagar1

@xiconhoka lol I don't know why I read this with that bishop's voice from the movie perfume XD 

Delston
Delston

@veryfrost by your questions you apparently don't understand the point in the entire game...nor does it appear you've played the previous games....

blackothh
blackothh

@ungasbarabas Diablo 3, Duke Nukem Forever, and Sim City are as about as epic fail as you can get.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@ungasbarabas  

As of now , i agree 100%

 Though if Josh bring all those changes in a few months. Damn thats huge

Spawnblade
Spawnblade

@abarteau Because everyone played Diablo I and II for their story.

Rightttttttttttt.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@vadagar1  

they will , manual attributes thru paragon levels

_el_Greco_
_el_Greco_

@beetfunchic Totally agree with you, man.  The writing in Blizzard games from WoW onwards has been terrible.  There have been some gems hidden between quest texts in WoW from time to time, but the overall stories have really taken a turn for the worst.  The Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 stories are atrocious.  

I agree that it would be nice for kids that play Blizzard games today to be offered some more profound stories.  I remember first playing the Warcraft 3 campaign while I was in my teens and the story for me felt as epic and profound as any tales by Tolkien or by any other of the highly regarded fantasy writers.  Although I felt it copied the Anakin Skywalker story to a degree, the story of Arthas was beautifully tragic.  That cinematic when he returns home to his father is in my opinion the greatest Blizzard cinematic of all time.

Spawnblade
Spawnblade

@ShinoRagnar Introducing Diablo 2 skill system is a terrible idea.  Running around spamming two abilities endlessly gets boring really fast.  (ie Sorc -- tele/frozen orb.)

AzatiS
AzatiS

@vadagar1  

 I was so harsh critic with D3 and i quit myself long ago. But after all these "leaks" and announcements.. Im sold already.

veryfrost
veryfrost

 @Delston @veryfrost 

Kinda you right, either i do not understand the point of the game or it just looks silly to grind same stuff over and over again just to get modded items. Though i have walkthrough D1 couple of times. I did enjoy at the time. 

Spawnblade
Spawnblade

@AzatiS @vadagar1 Actually AzatiS, if I understood the announcement regarding that correctly, a certain level of paragon unlocks the ability to customize your character's base attributes, it doesn't actually give you additional attributes through paragon.  This is because paragon is going to be account wide, not character based.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@SteamyPotatoes

Fuck the online experience. The online experience means I can't experience the game at all.

You shouldn't need to be online for Singleplayer or LAN.

Like Diablo 2 they should keep the offline and online characters separate. Unlike Diablo 2, you shouldn't be able to convert those characters between online/offline.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Spawnblade

I have a PC version of the game from back when I had decent internet. I'm probably one of the few people who actually enjoyed the game. And I would like to play it again. But I can't because high speed internet is not available in the area in which I now live, and won't be for at least another 5 years.

Not only am I not going to rebuy the game, since I already have a copy, I'm not going to buy a console version. There are certain games that I will only play with a keyboard and mouse. Diablo is one of them.

They allow to you play singleplayer offline on consoles, there is no reason for them to force you online for singleplayer on the PC. 

The online-only DRM is a stupider idea than the Auction House.

Spawnblade
Spawnblade

@Scorpion1813 @SteamyPotatoes Can't experience it because you don't want to buy it?

If it's a matter of not having an internet connection, you could just buy the console version.  It's better than the current release game anyway.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@Scorpion1813 Sounds good but the online will always be first, especially with the new modes of play which only work online like ladder mode.

Which a lot of D2 players want back and if handing over a LAN version jeopardises the online competitive experience players want then fuck the offline experience.

But like you point out it would be best for separate online/offline because there are two different audiences,  or sometimes you just want to be offline but how to you do that without screwing over the online portion of the game which is sure to explode with the new changes and expansion end game.