Diablo 3's Gold and Real Money Auction House Will Be Trashed March 2014

Diablo III is setting up to shut down the auction houses.

Come March 18, 2014, both the gold and real money Auction Houses on Diablo III will come to a close. According the Diablo III head honchos John Hight and Josh Mosqueira, with the Loot 2.0 system set to be coming out with the Reaper of Souls expansion, the gameplay at the center of Diablo III is not as exciting as they want it to be with the auction house in play.

While full details on the actual closing process have yet to be finalized, they are giving advance notice to players so that have ample enough time to shut down their shops before this update goes live. Updates on the closing process will be announced as information is finalized between now and March 18, 2014.

Getting the rare loot rewards should be worth the effort, according to the Game Director in the YouTube video that accompanied the news release on Diablo III's blog seen here. More information will also be coming at Blizzcon as well so if you are a Diablo III player and are concerned about the closing of the Auction Houses, be sure to keep an eye out for more information there.

Judging from the comments below the announcement on the Diablo III blog, news of the auction houses closing seems to be, for the most part, a good decision for the head honchos at Diablo III to make.

What are your thoughts on the closings of the auction houses?

Published Sep. 17th 2013
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    I'm kind of ticked off about it.
    They need to make the loot not suck. If I can play for 100's of hours and not get loot worth a damn, that's not the auction houses fault.
    When my level 60 monk is still wearing level 20 and level 30 items because the 50+ gear is no better, that is not the auction houses fault.

    The worst part is I'm not exaggerating.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    That's what I hear from friends as well. But according to that same page, they are working on a Loot 2.0 system to release at the same time which could be addressing those problems.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    If you're interested I wrote a bit more of my thoughts in this article: http://gameversevault.com/diablo-3-auction-house-removal/

    I read about the update for Reaper of Souls also but I haven't gotten over the last time they said they improved loot and it really wasn't.

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