Big changes are in store for Diablo III. Blizzard announced that as of March 18th, 2014, both the real money and gold Auction Houses will be no more.
On the official Diablo III blog, the developers posted a video explaining why they are planning on shutting the Auction House (commonly shortened to AH) down. In short, their reasoning is the AH ruined the standard Diablo reward structure. The point of the game is the kill monsters and get loot. The AH allowed players to skip a step and go straight to getting loot.
I can’t say I’m completely surprised by this announcement. With the announcement of “Loot 2.0,” the AH was becoming obsolete anyways. Loot 2.0 is the new loot system designed to give players less, more powerful loot for the specific class. Rather than getting loads of worthless loot for every class in the game, you will get loot specific to your class that is actually good enough to keep.
I wonder how powerful the public backlash will be. I like the idea of the new system since I hated having to use the AH if I wanted to even stand a chance in the higher difficulty levels. Sure, it was better than grinding, but hopefully Loot 2.0 will help reduce the grinding time as well.