Blizzard announced this week that it was canning the almost-unanimously loathed Real Money and Gold Auction Houses in “Diablo III.” According to a post on the game’s official website by production director John Hight, both auction houses will be closed on March 18, 2014.
In a video conversation, Hight and game director Josh Mosqueira explained that the auction houses were being cut out because they’d become “a double-edged sword,” taking players out of the game and negatively impacting “Diablo”’s core tenet: kill monsters, find loot.
“We firmly believe that by shutting down the Real Money and the Gold Auction Houses paves the way to make sure that killing monsters in-game is the most rewarding, most satisfying, most compelling way of getting your hands on those items,” Mosqueira said. “We felt that the right decision is to preserve the integrity of the gameplay experience of ‘Diablo.’”
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