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.