Auction House being removed

Posted by Member tsukiyomi on 9/17/13 11:17 AM #1
Posts: 118

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.


Source: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10974978/
Posted by Member Mehsiah on 9/17/13 11:22 AM #2
Posts: 248

I made sure it wasnt April but wow, was not seeing this happen.
Posted by Member nuhertz on 9/17/13 11:25 AM #3
Posts: 512

Wow. Just wow.
Posted by Member DePablo on 9/17/13 11:29 AM #4
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Really mixed feelings on this.

On one hand, I loved the auction house and real-money auction house. I loved this site when it was called D3rmt, and the "mini-game" within Diablo 3 that involved speculating on materials, gems, plans, sniping on bids at the last minute and so forth. It was a nice break from farming.

On the other hand, playing self-found does add a fun and new challenge, and playing in groups should be more fulfilling.

Thinking ahead to the positives and negatives...

- D2jsp will still reign supreme and those with the new currency in ROS (whatever that turns out to be) will still possess the best items. Forum gold value there will skyrocket.

- There will still be the "haves" and "have-nots", but Blizzard has once again introduced the walled garden, except this time we were exposed to the entire forest first.

- Gold farming bots might go away now that there is no use to possessing 3 billion gold for crafting. Might.

- Will Blizzard provide a lobby or some kind of viable trading channel by March 2014? Back in Diablo 2, I became so frustrated waiting for hours trying to sell/trade my best items, that I just ended up selling them on eBay. Third party sites will spring up and take that slack if Blizzard fails to come through.

Anyone else have thoughts on this?
Posted by Member moloch154 on 9/17/13 11:30 AM #5
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I am still just stunned.
Posted by Member DePablo on 9/17/13 11:41 AM #6
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Hey Blizzard, by the way, if I feel like crafting or using the mystic, or transmogrifying, are you gonna put me through the misery and disgrace of the current Battle.net chat spam garbage that is even worse than Diablo 2 just to buy 1000 Tomes of Secrets?

Just sayin...
Posted by Member mentok1982 on 9/17/13 11:49 AM #7
Posts: 324

My Stone of Jordan thread on the official forums will be really important when the AHs are gone. I hope more people make threads like it.

There should be one thread for Mempos, one thread for Skorns and so on. Each thread maintained by s dedicated player like me.
Posted by Member pyromarshall on 9/17/13 11:54 AM #8
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wrong move
Posted by Member mentok1982 on 9/17/13 11:59 AM #9
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So demand for items will skyrocket before the Auction Houses are closed which means that prices will be sky-high as well. I might wait till March to sell all the godly items that I find between now and March.
Posted by Member tsukiyomi on 9/17/13 12:10 PM #10
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I'm hoping this means that higher tier gems will start falling in higher difficulties since you won't be able to buy the gems anymore. As it stands right now it takes such an insane amount of time and effort to max out your gems that its really not worth the diminishing returns you get.
Posted by Member Pastamon on 9/17/13 12:17 PM #11
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I can tell you what I am thinking is going to happen:

AH and RMAH go away...as they stated over and over in the video, they think that finding items in game is the best, most rewarding, etc, blah blah....

Remember how in the ROS pics that everything was BOA? Guess what boys and girls...there will be no trading...that is going to be their solution to 3rd party sites...all items are BOA. They wont have to mess with any trade channels this way either..It only make sense since all they keep saying is that they want everything self found...

Think I am gonna wait to buy the expansion, because if I am correct, as boring as this game can be....there will be no point for me to play personally...I am just hoping I am not correct with this, but I am thinking that might be what will be the end result of Loot 2.0
Posted by Member Bloodbathe on 9/17/13 12:18 PM #12
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Posted by Admin DHAdmin on 9/17/13 01:08 PM #13
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This caught me by surprise for sure. I was expecting more bind on account items in the expansion, instead they just completely removed the auction house!

I think overall this will be good for the game.
Posted by Member DePablo on 9/17/13 01:59 PM #14
Posts: 51

Posted by DHAdmin at 09/17/2013 01:08 PM

This caught me by surprise for sure. I was expecting more bind on account items in the expansion, instead they just completely removed the auction house!

I think overall this will be good for the game.


RIP diablohub Price tracker : (
RIP extra free stash space in Completed tab in AH lol
Posted by Member NightCrawler9 on 9/17/13 02:22 PM #15
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Posted by Pastamon at 09/17/2013 12:17 PM

I can tell you what I am thinking is going to happen:

AH and RMAH go away...as they stated over and over in the video, they think that finding items in game is the best, most rewarding, etc, blah blah....

Remember how in the ROS pics that everything was BOA? Guess what boys and girls...there will be no trading...that is going to be their solution to 3rd party sites...all items are BOA. They wont have to mess with any trade channels this way either..It only make sense since all they keep saying is that they want everything self found...

Think I am gonna wait to buy the expansion, because if I am correct, as boring as this game can be....there will be no point for me to play personally...I am just hoping I am not correct with this, but I am thinking that might be what will be the end result of Loot 2.0


Yeah I can tell you with almost certainty that that's not going to happen.
Posted by Member woodssaxon on 9/17/13 03:14 PM #16
Posts: 36

Wow - I'm stunned by this. Gotta think the 3rd party sites are going to come back in full force in RoS. I don't think removing the AH will be able to prevent people from buying items, but it will make it less secure.
Posted by Member rimmi2002 on 9/17/13 03:52 PM #17
Posts: 22

Wow - I'm stunned by this. Gotta think the 3rd party sites are going to come back in full force in RoS. I don't think removing the AH will be able to prevent people from buying items, but it will make it less secure.


Agree not a smart move by Blizzard.
Posted by Member zerokewl on 9/17/13 04:16 PM #18
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Posted by nuhertz at 09/17/2013 11:25 AM

Wow. Just wow.


Agree wonder if this date means anything for the xpac? Seems like they would be very close to each other.
Posted by Member rock1556 on 9/17/13 04:26 PM #19
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RIP. AH Button also allowed me to quickly view all my character stashes.
Posted by Member eastdragon42 on 9/17/13 05:15 PM #20
Posts: 413

Definitely a surprise. Unsure if it's a good move or not on Blizzard's behalf. Though I suspect @Pastamon surmised correctly--everything will become BoA.... :-0
Posted by Member douvinsky on 9/17/13 06:05 PM #21
Posts: 1445

Should they remove gold completely? Having a currency of trade with or without AH still have issues, alongside the benefits. Maybe the mobs should not drop gold, but crayon so that we can color ourselves wonderful.
Posted by Member Baldy on 9/17/13 06:11 PM #22
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Posted by nuhertz at 09/17/2013 11:25 AM

Wow. Just wow.


This^...

So what will my 120k worth of brims be worth? Anyone care to fathom a guess?

Maybe they become the new currency? Provided of course that everything isn't BOA as some peeps think.
Posted by Admin DHAdmin on 9/17/13 06:37 PM #23
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Posted by Baldy at 09/17/2013 06:11 PM

Posted by nuhertz at 09/17/2013 11:25 AM

Wow. Just wow.


This^...

So what will my 120k worth of brims be worth? Anyone care to fathom a guess?

Maybe they become the new currency? Provided of course that everything isn't BOA as some peeps think.


I think it's going to be a full reset. Brimstones will not be worth anything as the level 70 legendaries will turn into something else. We already know there are new reagents needed for using the mystic.

Demonic Essences seem to be the only thing worth getting pre expansion.
Posted by Member Mordred on 9/17/13 06:47 PM #24
Posts: 3

I wonder if the March 18th will be expansion/patch release date?
Posted by Admin DHAdmin on 9/17/13 06:52 PM #25
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Posted by Mordred at 09/17/2013 06:47 PM

I wonder if the March 18th will be expansion/patch release date?


Right around there makes a lot of sense.

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