Diablo 3 Auction House to Close in 2014

Not only did Diablo 3 receive a port recently with their release on both current and next generation consoles (and a console specific trailer), but Blizzard developers have another issued another upcoming update. The Diablo 3 gold and real-money auction house system is going to be removed from the game entirely. The shutdown is scheduled to take place March 18, 2014. During Gamescom, Blizzard admitted that it had considered shutting it down.

Why?

The developers felt that the auction house detracted from the main game of Diablo 3 which is killing monsters and getting awesome item drops. Combine that with their new Loot 2.0 system coming in the Reaper of Souls expansion means that we’ll be going back to a more classic method of getting items without having to shell out cash for loot. You can find out more on their reasoning in this video announcement below.

Personally, I was indifferent to to the auction house system when it was first released. I had no plans on purchasing any gear or gold. But I was more of the casual Diablo player to begin with. I felt that the auction house was a quick and convenient way to replace items I felt were weak. At the same time, I understand how crappy it feels as a new player walking right into the game will have a tough time with the economy since many of the top level items are going for billions of gold (and not many low level ones available). This just might be the first step in the right direction and maybe Reaper of Souls can help salvage the reputation of the game.

What do you think of Blizzard’s decision to close the down the auction house?  The general reaction in their announcement post has been positive! Will this bring you back to playing the game before Reaper of Souls comes out?

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5 Comments on Diablo 3 Auction House to Close in 2014

JC

On September 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

To little way to late for me personally.

Mr Flibble

On September 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Seeing as the reason I stopped playing D3 often was that I found it boring to just farm for gold and buy gear, this is a great change. I’ve been playing on the console and have found the reward of getting loot from just killing things to be exponentially better than the current pc version. I can’t wait for that system to come to the pc.

+Loot 2.0 -AH = Win.

quicktooth

On September 18, 2013 at 5:32 am

I commend Blizzard’s decision. A rare moment of sanity for them, these days. Still not going back; their Big Brother always-online-DRM, the broken promises (BL00DY PVP ARENA!), the way they treated us customers (no warning that the game would be unavailable every tuesday nearly all day); each reason enough to never go back. At least this Auction House removal thing is one decision they’ve made in the last five plus years that’s actually GOOD. Should have never had the thing in the first place.

Bookworm

On September 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm

As soon as I heard about the current gen console version coming out I was curious but not terribly interested. Then I decided to support the game developers and dropped $59.99 on the PS3 version (the console I have) and tried it out.

Short answer?

I have never gone back to the PC/Mac version.

#1–The game play is just more natural with dodging and moving your character directly instead of with zealous mouse click points. The controller just works better, strangely, for this game, despite what common sense would tell you from past games like this.

#2–There is NO online all the $#%@ing time requirement and you can run the same characters on a multi-player online game if you want and in single player mode. The downside here is that if the host player has a slow internet connection, you game will be laggy. Best still you can actually talk to people over a mic instead of text chatting while you play.

#3–The loot that drops is better generally than the PC/Mac version. What I noticed right away are 2 things on this. One, the loot seems to be specific to the character you are playing, meaning you don’t find an axe that has wizard qualities to it like intelligence or worse still, class only bonuses that are not for your character, yet it is an item that is for your class. For example, your axe has a wizard or witch only bonus in one of the attributes for an item that is clearly meant for a barbarian. That horseradish nonsense seems to be gone. Two, there is a lot less crap that drops and instead only things of reasonable value for in game vendors sales or salvages for crafting or legendaries and rares that actually have nice rolls that are improvements to your current gear. Basically, less drop, but better quality and more specific to your class. THE DOWNSIDE is that if you use one character to find loot for another character class you are going to run into a problem. Barbs don’t find wizard gear, witches don’t find hunter gear for example, so if you have a farming character you won’t find much for your other classes. BUT THATS GOOD because that means you just play the other classes fully and find relevant gear for each class you play. Smarter, more fun and more rewarding.

#4–The Auction house, both gold and real money is gone in the console version. Seriously, it doesn’t exist. No more of this horseradish of oooh that’s a nice item…WHAT 2.5 billion gold? WTF…. Honestly the AH was a huge fail for gameplay because you basically could not play well without it. In the console version, that is just not a problem. I read now that the PC/Mac AH is going away. Thank God. As it stands, I will not play the PC/Mac version ever again or buy any expansion for it unless that AH nonsense goes away. My current paragon characters be damned, I am not wasting hours and hours grinding and then finding nothing. And I will not buy items for real money or buy gold for real money. No No No Never. That’s not playing a game if you just buy what you need. No wonder the game gets boring. There is nothing to shoot for and nothing to work towards and the reward in the game for play is TOTALLY gone. I accumulate gold, but never enough to buy the 2 billion gold items without also buying gold. Sorry. $#%@ that hard.

#6–Last. I have a super nice LED 46″ HD TV and a 27″ iMac. Which do you think looks better when playing with friends on the couch? Only a dumbshoot would not see that obvious choice. Yes, fools, bigger is better. Screw resolution. AND the console runs the game at full settings, none of this hogwash about what are the settings my computer can handle….is my graphics card good enough. Rubbish. At least for me, the PS3 version, probably like the 360 version just looks better than my Core i7 nVidia 2GB 680MX iMac, which is no slouch and WAY more than the game requires as recommended specs.

Do yourself a favor. Play a really fun game the way it was meant to be played….without that $#!@ing AH, and naturally with pals on the couch on a big@ss screen and find gear that works like a real reward.

If that is not for you, then don’t play and go away.

Matt Low

On September 20, 2013 at 12:14 am

Dang, now I wonder if I can plug my XBox controller into my PC and play it console style.