Now that character profiles will be added to the Blizzard site, today Blizzard revealed more information on the Diablo 3 API. The plan is to make character information available for external use, and as we suspected, there are no plans to include any auction house tie-in.
Please keep in mind that this is an early preview and there will likely be many changes to the D3 API by the time it is released. Also note that we haven’t finalized several key pieces of information including artisan recipes, hero and follower spells and powers and achievements.
A short FAQ explains what will be possible.
A: There are no plans to create an AH API (even read-only) for gold, hardcore gold or real money.
Q: What about achievements?
A: We do plan on providing all achievement information much like we do with the WoW API. The difference being that achievements are account bound.
Q: How will the request limits work? Is the “~3000” requests per day going to be shared between the D3 API and the WoW API?
A: The same as with the WoW API. The requests per-day limits will be shared between the APIs as most fansites and applications are game specific (with a few exceptions).
The data is being split into 2 parts, the Hero Profile and Career Profile and a couple of early samples on how these will work have been posted, oddly enough in the WoW forums.
Even though there is no Auction house API Blizzard restated that they have no plans “at this time” which could mean they will work on something in the future. If there is money to be made to encourage AH usage, you can bet something will be created eventually.