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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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7. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 10:49 Cutter
 
Like the ODRM was impossible to remove right? Fuck these pricks.

 
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6. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 10:46 RollinThundr
 
Verno wrote on Sep 6, 2013, 10:42:
No surprise here, everyone know it was always a business feature, not a user feature.

Everyone except Krowen.
 
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5. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 10:42 Verno
 
No surprise here, everyone know it was always a business feature, not a user feature.  
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4. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 10:40 Undocumented Alien
 
They found the off switch for the console versions however. They also found a solution to it always being on for the console versions

Correct, so it's not a "technical" complication, it's a "commercial" complication, having to do with the almighty $$$.

So I think the better question is why did Blizzard totally fuck over the PC user base? Lie to them repeatedly, and continue to lie?

The PC user base is paying for the console crowd to have the luxury of a offline, auction house free experience.

It IS a good question though, why does the console version get the Cadillac experience when the PC base is what got Diablo to where it is today. You would think the console user base would have to pay their dues, not the PC user base.
 
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3. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 10:28 RollinThundr
 
They found the off switch for the console versions however. They also found a solution to it always being on for the console versions. Also the console versions have great drop rates for rares and legendaries.

So I think the better question is why did Blizzard totally fuck over the PC user base? Lie to them repeatedly, and continue to lie?
 
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2. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 10:16 Proudfoot
 
It really is just a reason to continue milking customers for a non-subscription based game.

I do wonder what kind of profit quarterly the Auction House is making for Actibliz.
 
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1. Re: Blizzard: Killing Diablo III Auction House Would be Sep 6, 2013, 10:10 nin
 

"We spent so much time getting this feature you all vocally told us you didn't want working. We can't just turn it off now!

Hang on, someone just bought a hat for $5.

Where were we?"

 
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