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The best piece of news for Diablo 3 fans since Reaper of Souls was announced isn’t an addition, but a subtraction. Today Blizzard revealed that it will shut down both Diablo 3’s (PC) gold and real-money auction houses on March 18, 2014.

The markets were designed to give players an easy way to trade and optimize their gear, but it was ultimately shortsighted, Reaper of Souls production director John Hight wrote on the official blog:

“[A]s we’ve mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. ”

With the markets gone and a new “Loot 2.0” system in the works for Reaper of Souls, Blizzard hopes new players and veterans will find a more rewarding experience for all. They’ll still have to be online to play it, of course, unless Blizzard decides the anti-cheating measures are no longer necessary without an economy to worry about.

You can watch the video below to hear more of the rationale behind axing one of Diablo 3’s most controversial features.



Which consoles?  They don’t say.  Probably everything but the Wii U if Blizzard follows current 3rd party developer trends.  Which is unfortunate, since using the Wii U Pad with a game like Diablo could be really cool.  But Nintendo’s online infrastructure is woefully behind the times, so that probably will be the reason given.

Blizzard is focusing on the development of the PC expansion for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls; however, the team’s previous development schedule is representative of what the future could hold for the game’s console release on PlayStation 3, game director Josh Mosqueira told Polygon.

“Our philosophy has always been we work on one project at a time,” said Mosqueira. “We’ve got Diablo 3 on PC, we released it and then a small team splintered off to work on Diablo for the current consoles. Now the team’s really focused on Reaper of Souls for PC. So if you look at the past, you can probably infer what the future might bring. We don’t have any announcements at this point.”



Honestly, other than the incredibly cute girls, I would love to visit South Korea just to watch some live StarCraft matches.  I like StarCraft a lot, but its popularity in S. Korea is insane.

Hmm….if it ends up being free-to-play, this may be the first MMO I actually play and get into.

The project code-named Titan is changing direction completely, Blizzard said on today’s Activision earnings call. It used to be a subscription-based massively multiplayer online game. No more.

“We’re in the process of selecting a new direction,” Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said on the call.

Titan, which has been under development for quite some time now, was overhauled a few months ago. Morhaime said they moved members of the Titan team to other games in other franchises, like Diablo and the upcoming MOBA Blizzard All-Stars.

No word on whether Titan will now be free-to-play or an entirely different type of game, but Blizzard seems to have realized that the age of the subscription-based MMORPG is over. (Although World of Warcraft still has a solid 7.7 million subscribers, according to Blizzard’s tracking.)