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Say Goodbye to Diablo 3’s Auction House

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Justin Cavender

Diablo 3 Auction House

Blizzard has announced the gold and real-money auction house in Diablo 3 will close on March 18, 2014. This news comes as a bit of a shock to me, considering how difficult it can be to find usable loot for your characters in the game’s current state.

Reaper of Souls, the new expansion for Diablo 3 is slated for sometime in 2014. Additionally, the expansion will usher in an overhaul to the current loot system. Perhaps March 18, is a clue as to when we can expect Reaper of Souls to be released.

The message below was posted on the official Diablo 3 blog by John Hight, Production Director on Diablo 3.

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

We feel that this move along with the Loot 2.0 system being developed concurrently with Reaper of Souls™ will result in a much more rewarding game experience for our players.

We’re working out the details of how the auction house system will be shut down, but we wanted to share the news as soon as we made the decision in order to give everyone as much advance notice as possible. Please note that the shutdown will occur on March 18, 2014. We will keep everyone informed as we work through this process.

Hopefully, Reaper of Souls is released sooner rather than later.

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