Diablo III Microtransactions Coming to Asia

A Battle.net forum post from Blizzard Community manager Nevalistis explains that some of the quality of life interface improvements just revealed for the upcoming version 2.2.0 patch for Diablo III are an offshoot of microtransaction support that is not coming to the game in the Americas at this time. This same post is also on the European Battle.net forums saying the microtransactions won't be coming to that region either, so the cosmetic items, timed boosters, and additional character slots they mention seem to be for Asian players only. Diablo III players everywhere will benefit from an improved interface for cosmetic items and pets though, as these are already present in all regions thanks to collector's editions and preorder bonuses. Blizzard does not rule out the possibility of selling cosmetic items, boosters, and extra stash space in other regions down the road, however, saying: "We recognize that many players have expressed an interest in microtransactions being added to Diablo III. While we may explore this model in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases anytime soon for the Americas/European region." Here's the complete post:
Development for patch 2.2.0 has been underway for some time and we'll be launching the PTR shortly. We've got great quality of life changes and new content coming in our next patch, and we'll have even more details to share in the near future.

In the meantime, some new features may start to show up in data mined information for patch 2.2.0 that will not apply to all regions. Specifically, the following features will not apply to the Americas:

  • A new currency called "Platinum"
  • Timed experience boosts
  • New cosmetic items including wings, non-combat pets, and character portraits
  • References to stash space and character slot expansions
  • A new UI interface that references the above information

While the above features will not apply to this region, players will still benefit from some of the quality of life perks tied to these additions, such as a streamlined UI for selecting cosmetic benefits like pets and Collector's Edition wings.

We recognize that many players have expressed an interest in microtransactions being added to Diablo III. While we may explore this model in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases anytime soon for the Americas region.

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Feb 22, 2015, 02:30
Jivaro
 
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Feb 22, 2015, 02:30
 Jivaro
 
I know it's an overused saying and I know people REALLY hate it when other people say it but....Things are worth exactly what people are willing to pay for them. No more, no less.

It should be noted however that some digital services are "quantity" regulated by their price. In other words they purposely make it costly so people don't do it without a good reasons. A good example would be the character server transfers in WoW. For a ton of reasons they need to be able to keep server populations predictable, stable, and consistent. If transfers were 5 bucks that would make all of that pretty tough.

I suppose some would argue that if you limit people to one transfer every so many days/months/years/whatever you eliminate that issue however I don't know enough about these sort of things to comment on that angle.
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Feb 22, 2015, 00:09
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Keilun wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 23:31:
Redmask wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 20:08:
Keilun wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 11:08:
Too true. I mean look at character transfers in WoW. I'm sure it's a simple automated process that runs now. But they charge $25 per character. I mean really? On top of the subscription and on top of buying the game $25?? I get that they want to put a barrier in there to prevent abuse, but there are other ways to achieve that without lining their pockets, but you know how it goes...

Or perhaps the more ridiculous service charge: Name change service... $10 a pop.

All of that stuff has a design cost, SQL queries don't make themselves. I do agree with you that its way too much money but ultimately they're giving people what they want. If the price was really too high people wouldn't pay it. It makes me sad that people are that lame to pay $25 for a few lines of SQL but that's how it goes. Shit is way worse in the mobile world, Blizzard looks downright saintly by comparison.

I'd be pretty surprised if they hadn't already automated this process from the start. Sure there's a design cost, but isn't that the point of the subscription fee? To maintain the service and add new features. One could easily consider the design cost of these transfers as a new "feature".

Scale it back and consider the name change service. You can't tell me that the "design cost" of that feature was extensive enough to warrant $10 a pop. That one is flat out monetization of a simple service.

Either way the point is, some people are willing to pay it and now it's almost expected/standard practice, which is unfortunate because it really was a big reason for me stopping my WoW subscription. If I was able to still play with active friends, it would have made the boredom of the alt grind a lot more tolerable. So because they wanted to bilk customers out of $25 per transfer (char or faction), they lost a steady subscription. I can't imagine I'm the only one in that position, so you'd think someone in charge would have the business sense to rethink that practice.

Part of me says this is how the world works. If people are wiling to pay your price for a service, why fuck with a good thing? Then again, with a game that's subscription continuously fluctuates, why not be nice to keep a hold of some of them?

At the end of the day, Blizzard is part of a publicly held company, whose sole responsibility is to bring $ to its shareholders. I wish they'd realize there is still money to be made without fleecing people just because some of them are willing to rack up their credit cards. Torn on this.

Keep in mind, Blizzard isn't above realizing their mistakes. While the D3 AH should never has existed in the first place, it still provided them with revenue. They shut that down, for a variety of reasons, effectively making Diablo 3 no longer a revenue generator beyond sales of the game and expansion. Here come the microtransations, sure, but they've shown they are willing to take a hit when it is damn well called for. Maybe they will soon relent of their unnecessary Name Change and Server Transfer charges.

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Feb 21, 2015, 23:31
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Redmask wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 20:08:
Keilun wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 11:08:
Too true. I mean look at character transfers in WoW. I'm sure it's a simple automated process that runs now. But they charge $25 per character. I mean really? On top of the subscription and on top of buying the game $25?? I get that they want to put a barrier in there to prevent abuse, but there are other ways to achieve that without lining their pockets, but you know how it goes...

Or perhaps the more ridiculous service charge: Name change service... $10 a pop.

All of that stuff has a design cost, SQL queries don't make themselves. I do agree with you that its way too much money but ultimately they're giving people what they want. If the price was really too high people wouldn't pay it. It makes me sad that people are that lame to pay $25 for a few lines of SQL but that's how it goes. Shit is way worse in the mobile world, Blizzard looks downright saintly by comparison.

I'd be pretty surprised if they hadn't already automated this process from the start. Sure there's a design cost, but isn't that the point of the subscription fee? To maintain the service and add new features. One could easily consider the design cost of these transfers as a new "feature".

Scale it back and consider the name change service. You can't tell me that the "design cost" of that feature was extensive enough to warrant $10 a pop. That one is flat out monetization of a simple service.

Either way the point is, some people are willing to pay it and now it's almost expected/standard practice, which is unfortunate because it really was a big reason for me stopping my WoW subscription. If I was able to still play with active friends, it would have made the boredom of the alt grind a lot more tolerable. So because they wanted to bilk customers out of $25 per transfer (char or faction), they lost a steady subscription. I can't imagine I'm the only one in that position, so you'd think someone in charge would have the business sense to rethink that practice.
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Feb 21, 2015, 20:08
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Feb 21, 2015, 20:08
 
Keilun wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 11:08:
Too true. I mean look at character transfers in WoW. I'm sure it's a simple automated process that runs now. But they charge $25 per character. I mean really? On top of the subscription and on top of buying the game $25?? I get that they want to put a barrier in there to prevent abuse, but there are other ways to achieve that without lining their pockets, but you know how it goes...

Or perhaps the more ridiculous service charge: Name change service... $10 a pop.

All of that stuff has a design cost, SQL queries don't make themselves. I do agree with you that its way too much money but ultimately they're giving people what they want. If the price was really too high people wouldn't pay it. It makes me sad that people are that lame to pay $25 for a few lines of SQL but that's how it goes. Shit is way worse in the mobile world, Blizzard looks downright saintly by comparison.
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Feb 21, 2015, 12:37
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It's times like this having ADHD is a good thing, I just couldn't stick with a game going over the same content for so long. But then again that does cost me a little more, probably.
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Feb 21, 2015, 11:08
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Armengar wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 07:07:
Oh yeah, ive been clamouring to pay more money on top of the full price and expansion costs. No, how about fuck off. Stupid thing is, people will pay it so a precident will be set so the s shit happens by default.

Too true. I mean look at character transfers in WoW. I'm sure it's a simple automated process that runs now. But they charge $25 per character. I mean really? On top of the subscription and on top of buying the game $25?? I get that they want to put a barrier in there to prevent abuse, but there are other ways to achieve that without lining their pockets, but you know how it goes...

Or perhaps the more ridiculous service charge: Name change service... $10 a pop.

That was actually one of the big reasons I stopped playing WoW. Yes I was bored of it, but a large part of that was because my friends started up on another server and most those on my current server had waned on the game. In order to play with my other friends, it would have cost me $50/char (both char and faction transfer) to play with them - and I had 10 characters. Fat chance of that.

We'll see how this goes for D3. I don't have my hopes up. Hopefully this model stays in Asia.

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Feb 21, 2015, 10:30
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Luke wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 04:29:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 21:12:
Brumbek wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:12:
We live in such a bizarre world. So many of us D3 players would really love more stash space. And we, being reasonable, don't mind paying a few dollars for more stash space for a game we have played for hundreds of hours. It is especially fine for reasonably priced stash space DLC because Blizzard has done tremendous work patching their game and adding features that other devs would charge for.

And yet, Blizzard isn't letting us pay for more stash space. Ironic world.

PS: that new currency and paying for XP boosts...now that is GARBAGE. I just want stash space or character slots, both which would be fine to pay small fees for.

When you pay $60 for a game, shouldn't "enough stash space" be included? It's just 0s and 1s. Even if stored online, 10x the space isn't going to cost millions in extra server hardware.

When you pay $60 for a game, shouldn't "enough stash space" be included? It's just 0s and 1s. Even if stored online, 10x the space isn't going to cost millions in extra server hardware. Thumbsup

When you pay $60 for a game, shouldn't "enough ammo" be included? It's just 0s and 1s. Why do I need to run around finding or buying more ammo when it's just 0s and 1s and I paid $60?
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Feb 21, 2015, 08:52
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Redmask wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 08:39:
I don't play anymore but I just wanted an in-game method of unlocking more stash space. They really don't give you enough.
While I agree in principle, it really isn't so bad now that they have the stack limits on the crafting materials so high.
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Feb 21, 2015, 08:39
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I don't play anymore but I just wanted an in-game method of unlocking more stash space. They really don't give you enough.
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Feb 21, 2015, 07:07
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Feb 21, 2015, 07:07
 
Oh yeah, ive been clamouring to pay more money on top of the full price and expansion costs. No, how about fuck off. Stupid thing is, people will pay it so a precident will be set so the s shit happens by default.
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Feb 21, 2015, 04:29
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Feb 21, 2015, 04:29
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 21:12:
Brumbek wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:12:
We live in such a bizarre world. So many of us D3 players would really love more stash space. And we, being reasonable, don't mind paying a few dollars for more stash space for a game we have played for hundreds of hours. It is especially fine for reasonably priced stash space DLC because Blizzard has done tremendous work patching their game and adding features that other devs would charge for.

And yet, Blizzard isn't letting us pay for more stash space. Ironic world.

PS: that new currency and paying for XP boosts...now that is GARBAGE. I just want stash space or character slots, both which would be fine to pay small fees for.

When you pay $60 for a game, shouldn't "enough stash space" be included? It's just 0s and 1s. Even if stored online, 10x the space isn't going to cost millions in extra server hardware.

When you pay $60 for a game, shouldn't "enough stash space" be included? It's just 0s and 1s. Even if stored online, 10x the space isn't going to cost millions in extra server hardware. Thumbsup
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Feb 21, 2015, 02:10
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Keilun wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 01:27:
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 00:07:
Speak for yourself! RNG is RNG. I've been having really shitty luck with my HC 'sader... I'm tough as a motherfucker but my damage is awful. I'm PL50 and only two bad weapons have dropped.

Pretty much this. Last season, it took 170 ish PL levels to get my HC monk to a T3 geared state. I then leveled an HC sader and in the time it took me to go from PL 170 to 175, she was fully geared out and well past my monk in both dmg and toughness. And moreover, all of that gear dropped in a single 3hr play session. RNG is RNG.

This is true. Some nights it's like candy, some nights I seriously wonder if the game is bugged.
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Feb 21, 2015, 02:05
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Keilun wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 01:27:
RNG is RNG.

Indeed. I can never seem to get anything good on my other toons, but always seem to find good stuff on my DH.

One rift I'll get 10 drops. Another rift I'll get 0. Sometimes I'll see 4-6 Set pieces in a run, other times it's all common junk Legendaries.

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Feb 21, 2015, 01:27
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jacobvandy wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 00:07:
Speak for yourself! RNG is RNG. I've been having really shitty luck with my HC 'sader... I'm tough as a motherfucker but my damage is awful. I'm PL50 and only two bad weapons have dropped.

Pretty much this. Last season, it took 170 ish PL levels to get my HC monk to a T3 geared state. I then leveled an HC sader and in the time it took me to go from PL 170 to 175, she was fully geared out and well past my monk in both dmg and toughness. And moreover, all of that gear dropped in a single 3hr play session. RNG is RNG.
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Feb 21, 2015, 00:07
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Feb 21, 2015, 00:07
 
Speak for yourself! RNG is RNG. I've been having really shitty luck with my HC 'sader... I'm tough as a motherfucker but my damage is awful. I'm PL50 and only two bad weapons have dropped.
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Feb 20, 2015, 23:15
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We're pretty much bored of the season already. My Barbarian has what he needs thanks to grossly overpopulated drop rates along with gambling, even finding a Furnace nearly right off the bat.

...and yet people still complain that the drop rates should be brought up. Jesus.
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Feb 20, 2015, 22:54
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nin wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 20:52:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:35:
Well that's it then. That's kind of a relief, actually.

I was holding out hope that D3 could be salvaged some day; now we can just uninstall.

It's frustrating that they can't seem to decide what they want to do with it...between this and overwatch, it feels like they've gone from a company with great ideas to a company that just chases the latest trend.


Well... they fired or let go all the employees that had good ideas. Is it surprising?
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Suppa7 wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:53:
You are actually the bizarre one, you've been getting screwed hand over fist and your handlers boast about it.
Bad logic! If I play a game over 300 hours, then I've gotten tremendous value from it. Especially if it only cost me $100, supposing I paid full price. 300 plus hours for $100 is great. If you can't see how praiseworthy it is for Blizzard to continue improving D3 at no cost to us, then you are jaded and angry.
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Brumbek wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:12:
We live in such a bizarre world. So many of us D3 players would really love more stash space. And we, being reasonable, don't mind paying a few dollars for more stash space for a game we have played for hundreds of hours. It is especially fine for reasonably priced stash space DLC because Blizzard has done tremendous work patching their game and adding features that other devs would charge for.

And yet, Blizzard isn't letting us pay for more stash space. Ironic world.

PS: that new currency and paying for XP boosts...now that is GARBAGE. I just want stash space or character slots, both which would be fine to pay small fees for.

Oh, you will pay alright, when the next Expansion comes out and they give you one more Stash Tab. thats their idea of being generous.
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Brumbek wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:12:
We live in such a bizarre world. So many of us D3 players would really love more stash space. And we, being reasonable, don't mind paying a few dollars for more stash space for a game we have played for hundreds of hours. It is especially fine for reasonably priced stash space DLC because Blizzard has done tremendous work patching their game and adding features that other devs would charge for.

And yet, Blizzard isn't letting us pay for more stash space. Ironic world.

PS: that new currency and paying for XP boosts...now that is GARBAGE. I just want stash space or character slots, both which would be fine to pay small fees for.

When you pay $60 for a game, shouldn't "enough stash space" be included? It's just 0s and 1s. Even if stored online, 10x the space isn't going to cost millions in extra server hardware.
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