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