Diablo III Auction House is Shutting Down on March 18, 2014

Diablo III Auction House is Shutting Down on March 18, 2014
Both Diablo 3 Auction Houses are shutting down. Details below.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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.

Josh Mosqueira and I wanted to provide everyone with a little more information behind this decision, so please have a look at the video, and stay tuned to this site for further updates in the months ahead.






Auction House Shutting Down FAQ

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Q. Why is the auction house system being removed from Diablo III?
The gold and real-money auction houses have provided a convenient and secure system for trading, but it's also become increasingly clear that despite the benefits they provide, they ultimately undermine Diablo’s core gameplay. A big part of Diablo is the thrill of battling demons and finding epic loot. While buying epic loot in the auction houses might be more convenient, it doesn't feel anywhere near as heroic as plowing through a pack of fearsome-looking monsters and having them drop that one awesome item that seems like it was made for your character.

Q. Will this change affect both the gold and real-money auction house?
Yes. We will be shutting down both the gold and the real-money auction houses.

Q. When will the gold and real-money auction houses be removed from the game?
The gold and real-money auction houses will be shut down on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Q. Are the gold and real-money auction houses shutting down at the same time?
Yes. The gold and real-money auction houses will be shut down at the same time.

Q. Are the gold and real-money auction houses being removed for all gameplay regions?
Yes. The gold and real-money auction houses are being removed for all gameplay regions.

Q. Why aren’t the auction houses being removed sooner?
Since the gold and real-money auction houses receive a regular amount of daily activity, we wanted to inform everyone of this upcoming change as soon as we made the decision and give as much advance notice as soon as possible. Also, removing the auction houses from the game is no small endeavor, and there are many technical and gameplay-related questions we still need to answer before this change is implemented.

Q. Are there any plans to add the gold and real-money auction houses back into the game in the future?
No. We have no plans at this time to add either the gold or real-money auction house back into the game after they are removed.

Q. How will the removal of the gold and real-money auction houses work from a technical perspective (for example: What will happen to posted auctions, items or currency in the Completed tab, Battle.net Balance, etc.)?
We’re still working out all the details regarding how the auction houses will be shut down. We know these details are important, and we want to ensure that this transition goes as smoothly for everyone. We will be keeping everyone informed as we work through this process.

Q. How will I be able to trade with other players once the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down?
Once the gold and real-money auction houses have been shut down, players will still be able to trade with one another using the in-game Trade Window.

Q. How will the removal of the gold and real-money auction house affects changes planned for itemization in Reaper of Souls, specifically “Loot 2.0”?
One of the main goals behind Loot 2.0, which is being developed concurrently with Reaper of Souls, is to make playing the game the most rewarding path to getting items. That goal has not changed with this decision, and in fact was one of the big inspirations behind the removal of the auction houses. We’re still moving forward with all the changes previously revealed as part of Loot 2.0, but we’re also looking at additional improvements we can make that will help ensure that the loot hunt and trading experience in Diablo III is as satisfying as possible.

Comments

  • #1 Lenekk
    Holy $&%*! That's awesome! D3 is really getting some awesome improvements!
  • #2 t0luene
    WoW this is awesome change. I cant wait.
  • #3 Bagstone
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!
  • #4 Maka
    My mind was just blown. Did NOT see that coming.
  • #5 IcySoul
    I dont think shuting down the AH will be a good thing.Unless they put a good trade system the channel will be overwhelmed with spam about trades. And there will be sites overpricing the best items for far beyhond 200 dolars or 200kk gold.
  • #6 Kerjango
    About time, sweet.
  • #7 t0luene
    Quote from IcySoul

    I dont think shuting down the AH will be a good thing.Unless they put a good trade system the channel will be overwhelmed with spam about trades. And there will be sites overpricing the best items for far beyhond 200 dolars or 200kk gold.


    yeah I dont know exactly what is going to happen.. to trading.. and managing the trade channel on its own is a nightmare with so many bots.

    EDIT: I have to mention, MOST awesome items ingame in RoS are going to be soulbound so trading will just cut down in general.
  • #8 MrMonstrosity
    This is just insane. I'm certain they've already thought of a different way for players to "trade". Cough..Trading post..cough ;)
  • #9 Molster
    and all you people that thought Blizzard only cared about the AH

    Nice to see it announced :P
  • #10 atles
    BALSY FUCKING MOVE. Good or bad, gotta respect them.
  • #11 eziux
    Am I dreaming? That also must mean awesome trade chat system is coming.
  • #12 stebo88
    Respect, Blizzard.
  • #13 Lenekk
    Anyone think this means ROS will be out on or around 3-18-14?
  • #14 Mehsiah
    Well there goes to making money off of RoS and feeding my kids...... :(

    Hahaha jk. As long as we get a better trade chat system, Im fine with this.
  • #15 snowhammer
    Holy hell..
    Now.. Now.. I'm excited BOOYAH!!

    So happy!!!!!!@
  • #16 Shadout
    So nice.
    Blizzard is back! (well, maybe not)
  • #17 Ryude
    Check diablo3.com, since servers are still down.

    See "We're removing auction houses!", instantly check for April 1st date.

    Smile, but remain silent due to lack of words to express happiness.

    Instantly go to diablofans.com to make sure they know about this. Of course, this site is always on top of news :)

    March 18th, must be the approximate release date of expansion.
  • #18 Bagstone
    Quote from t0luene

    EDIT: I have to mention, MOST awesome items ingame in RoS are going to be soulbound so trading will just cut down in general.


    Nope, with the removal of the AH there's no need for BoA anymore. Many people (including me and all of my friends) will not use any dodgy 3rd party trading sites. With the "in your face" trading system absent, I'm officially completely back to self-found, finally.
  • #19 Bagstone
    Quote from Lenekk

    Anyone think this means ROS will be out on or around 3-18-14?


    I think this means the Loot 2.0/Paragon 2.0 patch will happen on 3-18-14. RoS May/June.
  • #20 bigheaded
    Blizzard just gained back every ounce of respect I once had for them. Good Job Blizzard!
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