Oh Bagstone, 6 months or so ago and id have happily crucified you for those micro-transaction comments, but then I saw how The Division handled them and oh my word when theyre done with the actual honest intention of allowing extra development, the system can actually be a joy to experience.
I dont know if youve played division but they have loot-chests containing weapon skins, bag skins, cosmetic clothes and emotes, they can either be bought with real money or shards drop randomly while playing that can be traded in for them. There are also Premium skins and emotes which can be bought with real money and although they are more desirable the difference isnt so great you feel compelled to pay. The real joy though is that the loot-chests have a slim chance to actually contain a premium skin and it does actually work (None of this 1% chance after finding a 3% goblin, sorry still havent gotten my cosmic wings and im getting Dead Sea salty now!).
Though I have to say the best thing about The Divisions system is that as a gamer you actually feel like you want to pay for a little amount just to say thanks for their extra development because since they started that system the game has had so much improvement, the only other game I can compare is the change from D3 to D1.
I guess you can see the reason I explained it is because if Blizzard were truly interested in a fair implementation of Micros then theres a working example of how to do it.
My own hopes for the future of Diablo is for a world that is phased and changes while the game is played, making the world something like a tug of war, as we pay attention to one zone, the demons multiply in others, that would also allow for special events to pop-up too, but what Id love most is for the game to go back to a server browser so we can choose what to join and for each act to have a large open battleground where we could play more traditional MP game modes like Conquest and TDM and for there to be the option to either PvPvE or straight up PvE.
I think the server browser and battleground may be a wish too far but the open world idea could well be on.