Since its release, Diablo III has had problems with the commodities on the auction house. Having been inaccessible for nearly two and a half weeks, we have now received an update on its status. Many noticed that they activated the function prior to this official announcement, but you’ll see a bit more information on how its changed since it was last available.
We had to keep commodity trading inactive longer than anticipated in order to add the hardware and system optimizations necessary to handle the overwhelming popularity of the gold auction house, and the number of trades that resulted. We understand the frustration this has caused many of you and apologize for the interruption of your entrepreneurial enterprises. Through ongoing functionality tests and the monitoring of systems performance, we’ll continue working to make sure the auction house remains a stable place to buy and sell your goods.
When trading commodities again you’ll also notice some functionality changes, namely:
- Prices will fluctuate less frequently when performing repeated searches.
- Gold will be refunded when buying a commodity if a less expensive offer was found by the auction house after the initial search was run.
- Commodity error messages may appear when commodities found during a search become sold out before a buyout is confirmed.
We’re excited to have commodity trading once again made available and hope to see a bustling economy soon. We’ll also continue working to improve auction house functionality and appreciate your continued feedback!
Commodities on the Real-Money Auction House
As we prepare to launch the real-money auction house, we want to make sure that commodity trading remains quick and stable. To that end, it’s possible that the RMAH will launch with item trading only and commodities would come online at a later date. The team is hard at work getting commodities ready for trading with real-world currency and plans to activate this feature as soon as is feasible, whether or not that aligns with its initial release.