Blizzard further delays Diablo III real-money auction house

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2012 - 09:15 PM |
Tagged: diablo iii

Ars Technica reports that Blizzard has delayed the Diablo III auction house where users could buy and sell equipment using real money. While the delay is technically “indefinitely” as reported -- they just mean that no alternative release date has been announced.

This Diablows.

In the wake of recent security concerns Blizzard decided to further delay the ability to trade in-game items with fellow gamers for real money. The original launch of the real money auction house was set for some time this past week. Since then we have seen a delay to this upcoming Tuesday which today has also been overturned: launch date TBD.

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I wonder if I can be paid in Vespene Gas...

While Blizzard has been known to take a painstakingly long time to launch products I do not expect the delay to persist too much longer. While this delay has no definite timeframe it feels more like the company just cannot estimate development time rather than expects extensive attention is required.

In other words: it seems to be a question about how little work is required rather than how much.

Source: Ars Technica

May 26, 2012 | 02:36 AM - Posted by Steve (not verified)

its better they get it working right and not bugged where ppl lose tons of $.

May 26, 2012 | 09:23 AM - Posted by Branthog

I still don't get the point of the auction house. Diablo is a single player (or four player, at best) game. You play it and you beat it in about five to ten hours. I don't need an auction house in Diablo 3 anymore than I need an auction house in Max Payne 3.

May 26, 2012 | 01:02 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

There will eventually be Player vs Player modes in an upcoming patch.

May 26, 2012 | 04:51 PM - Posted by JSL

Earlier today, the auction house was not even available. also, there was an update pushed out.

May 26, 2012 | 06:16 PM - Posted by Kyle Freeman (not verified)

I have no problem with the auction house being delayed. There are several issues that exist with it today that makes it not even work right. Search is broken. Half of the searchable stats/attributes don't work and there are ones that are missing or have been taken out of search.
Though I understand that there are players like Branthog above who simply play through the story once that really isn't where Diablo shines and it certainly isn't the norm for Diablo II players that have purchased this game. I would say 50% of players are the play it once through and your done, but that is still millions of players that will keep playing it for the next decade or more.

May 26, 2012 | 08:46 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

That's basically one of the main reasons why Blizzard develops for the PC.

Their games are not just played, but sell for longer than just about any console platform is supported for.

Diablo II is still sold at retail and it launched in the Nintendo 64 era.

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