"It does keep me up at night sometimes."
By Tim Colwill on September 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm
The Real-Money Auction House of Diablo 3 has been a controversial addition ever since it was announced, and Blizzard seem to be stepping closer and closer to admitting it was a mistake. Even game director Jay Wilson admitted this year that it had “really hurt the game” and they would “turn it off if we could”.
Now new game director Josh Mosqueira has added fuel to the fire, saying that they had absolutely considered killing off the Real Money Auction House after seeing how it was received.
“We’d be lying if we didn’t say yes,” said Mosqueria to Eurogamer. “We saw the reaction.”
Mosquiera seemed to imply in his follow-up comments that perhaps there was more to it than just what Blizzard wanted to do, perhaps hinting at Activision-Blizzard concerns.
“Again, it’s a complicated matter. It’s not just complicated at the team level, or even the Blizzard level.”
Lead content designer Kevin Martens added that “The Auction House went in for reasons, and the problems it solved… if we just turned it off those problems would come back, and we’d either need good solves or ideally even better solves, and those weren’t readily apparent.”
We recently checked out the new Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo 3 at Gamescom. Get our impressions here.