When Blizzard announced that the Auction House was to close the online-only detractors began to stir, encouraged by this surprising news, hoping it heralded a radical shift if attitude by Blizzard. Could it mean they will reconsider Online-only too? Erm, no. Not gonna happen. Blizzard recently had this to say when questioned:
I don’t place much value on the BattleTag, Real ID or multiplayer experience because the first two mean nothing to me and the third I can (and did with D2) experience without the always online requirement. However, from a dupes and piracy point of view I can see how keeping everything server side can offer some degree of control. I just wish they’d lead with that as I think they are more understandable reasons.