Microtransactions Coming to Diablo 3… Asian Realm?

shut-up-take-moneyBlizzard has revealed some more details about the game changes coming in Patch 2.2.0… and they’re big news. Microtransactions are coming, in the form of a platinum currency you purchase for real money, which players can use to buy more stash space, various cosmetic improvements, short term EXP boosts, and some other DiabloWikiQoL type features.

“Stash for Cash”, microtransactions Coming to Diablo 3… Asian Realm: (China only, later info revealed.)

Development for patch 2.2.0 has been underway for some time and we’ll be launching the PTR shortly. We’ve got great quality of life changes and new content coming in our next patch, and we’ll have even more details to share in the near future.

In the meantime, some new features may start to show up in data mined information for patch 2.2.0 that will not apply to all regions. Specifically, the following features will not apply to the Americas:

  • A new currency called “Platinum”
  • Timed experience boosts
  • New cosmetic items including wings, non-combat pets, and character portraits
  • References to stash space and character slot expansions
  • A new UI interface that references the above information
  • While the above features will not apply to this region, players will still benefit from some of the quality of life perks tied to these additions, such as a streamlined UI for selecting cosmetic benefits like pets and Collector’s Edition wings.

    We recognize that many players have expressed an interest in microtransactions being added to Diablo III. While we may explore this model in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases anytime soon for the Americas region.

    It’s not a real surprise that such a feature is coming to the Asian realm, as most Asian RPGs are “freemium” or F2P as a base game, and funded with all sorts of microtransactions and item shoppes. We’ve all heard D3 players on US and EU asking about paying for more stash tabs, so imagine how loud the requests must have been in the Asian market?

    As for the rest of us, the Blue post is very clearly not saying “never.” They’ve sold extra character slots in the past, they just bundled it with the RoS Collector’s Edition. We posted an article on exactly this topic late last year: Would you pay real money for more stash space and characters slots?. No clear majority in that vote, but clearly a lot of “yes I’d pay money for more stash space” sentiment.

    So, for those of us not playing on the Asian realm… what do you think? Do you want this to come to your realm? It sounds like the microtransactions are convenience and QoL only, there’s no new Legendary Amulet crafting recipe with +500% damage, or anything directly character-enhancing, so they’re basically just selling convenience and time saving (in the form of EXP boosts).

    Update: Later info revealed that stash for cash was planned for China only. Not the Asian realm as a whole.

    Here’s the vote from our post last August showing where the community stood on this issue when it was still completely hypothetical. We’ll post a new vote specifically about this v2.2.0 RMT news, once we know more of the final details.


    Would you pay real money for more stash or char space in Diablo 3?

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    1. Cosmetic itens is ok.. but xp boost? more xp=higher paragon lvl = pay to win for me

    2. It should/will come to US. The transactions are not pay to win and will help us see more content for D3.

      The experience boost could easily be made to be something like rested experience so that it is more of an equalizer since competition is massively skewed to available play time.

    3. ya i'm against the experience bonus.

      Micro-transactions are not entirely evil. It just depends on the usage. Experience gains, gear = evil. cosmetic/stash space/char slots = totally fine with

      but ONLY if that means more commitment to the game by blizzard

      • More commitment? In the real world where D3 is a business they are far beyond any obligations to players…Most companies do far less AND ask for far more.

        'Buy my new game it has 5 new guns/characters and everything else is the same, only $60!'

        • not in the micro-transaction world. When you do micro-transactions, players expect ongoing support in the way of new content. Just look at Valve's Team Fortress.

          Game's that just take the money and run are indeed evil.

          • I meant to say that Blizzard already puts in content and are committed without having any micro transactions.

            Saying that they absolutely must put in more commitment because there is now some form of income is an unrealistic expectation.

            It costs money to keep game servers running…

            That being said, I do believe that Blizz has a high standard of customer service and they will likely add more content if they have more means. I'd be happy to see D3 rake in the money on micro-transactions (not pay to win) and wonder at what might be in store then for future expansions/games.

            • wouldnt need micro transaction if they would release some form of model and gui editor which allows u to change the models to community ones not unlike the staem workshop,id even pay for one such editor so i can apply different stuff to make my chars appear more the way i want even if others dont see

    4. I was surprised when the RMAH didn't launch with a microtransaction tab. I was outright shocked when they didn't add it when they shut down the AH. And yet again I'm surprised that, now they're finally doing it, they're doing it by a half measure.

      I wonder if this is a PR thing, and by making it Asia-only at first they can then claim they only added it into Americas and Europe based on fan outcry. Thus saving them from looking too greedy.

      The only thing that bothers me is the XP boosts. Not awful, but irritating. I'm quite happy to see everything else. We all want more stash space, and if the cosmetic stuff is reasonably priced I'll be interested and if it's too expensive then it's easily ignored.

    5. If that would mean they will support the game more regularly with content patches, something in line of WoW, I have no problem with micros being part of the game.

    6. I would drop $20 if I could double the max stash size. Just sayin'

    7. Would I buy more stash tabs? ¥€$! 😉
      I think they will test it on an asian realm and then try it on the others. I bet they are afraid of possible backlash from at least part of the fanbase.
      I would SO buy more character slots and stash space…

    8. I was thinking more of blood shard caps, etc.

    9. Option 7 – I’d use microtransactions for cosmetic/aesthetic items (transmogs for seasons I’m never going to play, pets, items that you can only currently get by buying that StarCraft or WoW game you never wanted)…but nothing else.

    10. A good way to keep the experience bonus from being Pay-To-Win-flavored would be to make it so it:

      1: Does not work during seasons (without at least one level 70 character already, to prevent ladder cheating), and:
      2: Does what the Gem of Ease does, meaning the XP boost is to quickly level a character from 1-70 after a hardcore death or the like.

      Even with those criteria though, the cheese is a bit to strong for my taste; probably best to leave it off the list of purchasables entirely.

    11. I bought 2 copies of Diablo 3 so that I could have more character slots and stash space. Which wasn't necessary in the beginning when nothing was really worth keeping.. and when that changed, they introduced BoA and account wide paragon levels which screwed me more ways than one.

      Oh well…

    12. The best way to make someone want something, is to tell them they can’t have it/not getting it.


    13. No. Just no. Resist this evil in all of it's forms! Sell upgrades in expansions–not microtrans. I will no longer play Diablo if microtrans are needed to stay competitive–and that's usually where this slippery slope leads. As much as I want more stash space, I am NOT wiling to forever change the Diablo community and economy to get it.

    14. I think things that affect gameplay whatsoever should be completely free, and I think EXP. boosts is just against the essence of Diablo. I think character slots doesn't really affect game play so they're fine, but only if they continue to add more with new expansions for "free." As for stash space, that does affect game play, and instead of just adding flat more stash, they should add 1 stash tab that's specific to the character you're playing. The purpose behind it would be to store the sets and legs that you routinely switch between for that particular character, like my Wizard would have different Firebird Pieces, Tal Rasha's, wands and sources, while my Crusader would be putting Akkhan, Roland, flails and crusader shield stuff there.

    15. I care not for XP boosts, stash space, or more character slots.

      I do care for the cosmetic items however!

    16. soooo their reluctance to optimize stash space is so they can sell us more unoptimized stash space?

      good job devs.

    17. Don’t matter to me I play the Xbox One version thank god.

    18. I believe that blizzard should come out with a character editor, so that no two characters are the same. As well as more races d&d style, such as Orcs goblins trolls elves and a few humanoid animal races. You should also be able to zoom in and play and zoom in and view your custom character in heavy detail. Also needs a bigger mini map setting for people wo either can’t see well or are sitting across the room to accommodate multiple players. Not just the big map that you have to keep pressing the button not everyone wants to be paused just cause of a mini map issue. Also a major fun factor is the ability to level up weapons too and if you do this you can make it to reset its level to lvl 1 as you give it to another player. But if you keep it on one character then it shouldn’t have a lvl cap similar to paragon lvl system. Also bigger shop inventory would be nice. You should also be able to spend blood shards on leveling up your weapons and armor . Playing as a bad guy too would be fun. New item types like sets and legendary armor and weapons would be really cool. I would love to see more equipment slots as well such as separating shins from boots for example so you can equip another piece of armor. And maybe even more rings since you could wear one on each finger.separate gloves from bracers and add ear rings too with a different type of magic buff. That’s all. Thanks for reading hope some of my ideas come to life. Also feel free to ask questions about any of this and I can go into detail. Aaron Stotenbur.

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