Diablo 3: Korea NOT Holding Back Release; Receives Nerfed Auction House
We previously reported the possibility that South Korea may be holding back Diablo 3′s release. Since then, not only has Blizzard denied this possibility, but the South Korean ratings board has finally approved the game.
When asked about the potential banning of D3 in South Korea and whether the issue is holding back a release date, D3 Community Manager Bashiok replied, via Twitter:
Is this confirmation people still believe that has anything to do with anything? We’ve said it’s not impacting our development process or release schedule. If you think it’s a conspiracy I can’t help you.
Late last week, the game received approval and an “M” rating by the Korean board, with one caveat regarding the game’s Real Money Auction House.
Well Korea still has a currency-based auction house, there’s just no current cash out functionality. They can buy and sell items and still build up their Battle.net balance to buy Blizzard goods and services from the store.
(…) They have an auction house that uses Battle.net balance, which is separate from the gold auction house. There are some details I’m still fuzzy on because the Korea Battle.net balance works a bit differently from ours.
In any case, it won’t be the currency-free option you’re looking for.
So South Koreans can still make money on the auction house — they just can’t spend that money outside of the Blizzard store. Not that they would, anyway…