It’s time to be done with the longest-lasting experiment in real-cash trade for Diablo items in the history of the Diablo gamin franchise. It will be Tuesday, March 18th when the gold and real-money auction houses are taken down entirely, while the rest of the auction house ecosystem will remain in play. Until June 24th, players will be able to access their "completed" tabs - but we wouldn’t risk it.
This week the folks behind Diablo III's development and upkeep have announced that they'll be cutting their ill-fated auction house from the equation entirely. As Blizzard suggests, both the Gold and the Real Money auction houses will be cut from the game from top to bottom in the month of March, 2014, after a rather rocky road from the launch of the point we're at now where it's been decided that this mechanic eats away at the core of the game. This move will be pushed alongside the "Loot 2.0" system appearing with the Reaper of Souls expansion of the game.
With the arrival of Diablo III to consoles just around the corner, speculation was high at the Gamescom conference about what Blizzard would be adding to the game. Live reporting by Eurogamer shows an expansion called Reaper of Souls is set to add a new character class called the Crusader into the mix. Changes and additions to the loot system, story, and endgame options round out this expansion's feature set.
Though the two are slightly different elements of in-game play, Blizzard has suggested a real-money transaction addition in World of Warcraft despite their less-than-stellar performance with real-money-trading in their other large-scale online game Diablo 3. This new system is said by one single developer on Blizzard's team - alone in a forum, believe or not - to be part of an exploration of possibilities at the moment, and not quite solid as such.
As Blizzard Entertainment lets it be known that their decade-long awaited title Diablo III has been optimized for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, a release date is dropped well within the ream of next-generation console detail. With September third on the books, the devil-bashing game is set to bring web-connected-only action to both consoles with whispers of a re-release for the future. Could it be that this game would continue to be released next year, as well?
If you've been playing Diablo III (or Diablo 3, if you prefer), this week, you know that there's been a bit of a break in the normal everyday action in both the Gold and Real-Money Auction Houses. It is there that users have unleashed an exploit which allows the earning of billions in in-game gold, this being the virtual cash currency aside from the real-cash currency available in the auction house. Players have reported the axing of accounts due to this procedure stacking up to a head this Wednesday.
Blizzard has announced that BlizzCon 2013 tickets will go on sale April 24th and April 27th. These tickets will give gamers access to Blizzard's annual (minus 2012) BlizzCon event which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. The event is set to take place on November 8th and November 9th. In those two days, gamers will be able to enjoy a full weekend's worth of events and activities.
This week you'll find yourself downloading a rather sizable patch from Blizzard Entertainment for Diablo III, patch 1.0.8 for multiplayer improvements galore. What you'll be seeing is no less than 8 changes to the way you play - or will be able to play - in multiplayer. What Blizzard describes this update as coming at you as is "making two heads actually better than one!"
At the Game Developers Conference, ex-game director Jay Wilson spoke at a panel, titled "Shout at the Devil: The Making of Diablo III" about Diablo 3's current state and its future. He stated that over 1 million players play Diablo III on a daily basis and that 3 million unique players log into Diablo III every month. Both are great figures, considering that the game has had more than its share of problems in the past.