While the majority seem solidly in favor of the Diablo 3 Auction House Shutdown, plenty of players are upset by the change. Lylirra tried to pacify some of the complaints with a lengthy post that explains more of the logic and reasoning behind the decision.
On the other hand, it’s become increasingly clear that despite the benefits the auction houses provide, they ultimately undermine Diablo’s core gameplay and warp our ability to deliver a great in-game experience. A big part of Diablo is the thrill of battling demons and finding epic loot. While buying epic loot in the auction houses might be more convenient, it doesn’t feel anywhere near as heroic as plowing through a pack of fearsome-looking monsters and having them drop that one awesome item that seems like it was made for your character.
Removing the auction houses is only one part of the equation, though. The other is Loot 2.0, which is aimed at making playing the game the best and most satisfying way to get items. This system focuses on better loot drops, targeted loot drops, and giving players additional ways to customize their items. We feel that these improvements, along with the removal of the auction houses, will improve the overall gameplay experience for all of our players and help address the initial loot concerns voiced by our community.
Now, we still have a lot of technical and mechanical details to work out, but we’ll be sharing all that info once it’s available.
TL;DR: The decision to remove the gold and real-money auction house wasn’t about validating “self-found” or invalidating those who enjoyed using the auction house. That’s a very binary way of looking at things, and I would sincerely encourage players to avoid falling into the whole “we win/you lose” trap. Locking this up.
I’ve been surprised by the vote results; both by such strong approval of the shutdown of the Auction House (like air travel and public toilets, everyone uses them but no one likes them?) and by how few players predicated their approval with, “But this all really depends on how Loot 2.0 and other systems fill the gap!” A few people have voiced that opinion in comments and the forums, but it’s only at 5% in our AH shutdown vote.
So do 73% of you guys trust Blizzard to fill the AH gap with awesome new systems, or do you just hate the AH so much that you don’t even care what happens after it’s gone?