"It ultimately undermines Diablo's core gameplay"
By Tim Colwill on September 18, 2013 at 11:14 am
One year, four months and three days after launch, Blizzard have announced their intention to shelve the Diablo 3 auction houses — both Gold and Real Money alike.
In a short update posted on Battle.net, game director Josh Mosquiera and production director John Hight explain that “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.”
“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.”
The auction houses will be shut down forever on March 18 2014.
There has been no mention of the possibility of an offline mode patch.
Thanks to the five different people who emailed in to tell us about this!