Say goodbye to the Diablo 3 auction houses next year

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Despite good intentions to give gamers a chance to make some real cash, it looks like Diablo’s 3 auction houses just don’t fit in with the game. Which is why they’re getting the chop next year.

As of March 2014, Auction Houses will be removed from Diablo 3. According to Blizzard’s John Hight on the company website, that’s because auctioneering is having a negative impact on the core gameplay of Diablo 3. “When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades,” Hight wrote on the site.

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 3.

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.

With Diablo 3 out on Xbox 360, and headed to other platforms in the future, it’s most likely going to have a long life ahead of it. Especially with that expansion on the way. And losing a chance to make some real cash probably won’t even slow Diablo 3 down at all.

Last Updated: September 18, 2013

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