The auction house in Diablo III
has been plagued
by various issues
basically since the game's release, however, Blizzard's announcement today that they are going to close both the gold and real money auction houses entirely still comes as a bit of shock. In the video embedded above -- and echoed in a Diablo official blog post
-- Diablo III's
Production Director John Hight and Game Director Josh Mosqueira state that Blizzard has come to the conclusion that the auction house system in Diablo III
undermines the game's core gameplay, which is to kill monsters and get loot. This is ostensibly the driving factor behind axing the systems entirely.
A new system, coyly referred to as "Loot 2.0," is in the works for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
, and they hope that the changes will result in a much more rewarding experience for Diablo
players. If you're an avid auction house user you don't have to scramble just yet to get all your ducks in a row before the shut down. We've been given six months' notice, so mark your calenders. The Diablo III
auction houses will close their doors for good on March 18, 2014
. Until then, it's business as usual.