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Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be "Complicated" (By Activision?)

An article on Eurogamer looks at the upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo III, and the the indications that one of its goals is to "cut the legs out from the Auction House" in the action/RPG sequel. They discuss the add-on and the items/auctions fiasco with Blizzard's Josh Mosqueira and Kevin Martens, and one of Josh's replies admits they were tempted to scrap it entirely, but speaks of "complications" that go beyond "the Blizzard level," which suggests that Activision would not approve (or perhaps NSA intervention). Here's the part that has us drawing inferences:

Were you tempted to scrap it entirely? I ask. Did the thought ever cross your mind?

"We'd be lying if we didn't say yes," Josh replies after a moment's contemplation. "We saw the reaction. Again, it's a complicated matter. It's not just complicated at the team level, or even the Blizzard level.

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44. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 21:52 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
The simple fact of this whole debacle is that humanity is flawed; most people couldn't avoid using the AHs and ruining the game for themselves. The game is playable without the AHs, you will just have worse equipment than complete strangers, or your weak willed friends who gave in to the AH. Either a person can deal with that knowledge or they can't.

It's pointless to rage about it now, or expect Blizzard to actually remove the RMAH/GAH. Hopefully Loot 2.0 (supposedly not tied only to the expansion, aka free patches to the base game) will be able to make drops more worthwhile. Hopefully they also come through on their claims for 15-20 minute random runs too.

If not, Grim Dawn.

Discosure: 5 Characters through Inferno, back when that actually meant something, self found except for a few blacksmith patterns off the GAH. Their equipment is mostly jokish of course.
 
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