Lots of Diablo 3 Auction House news lately, including numerous comments by Jay Wilson and others, revealing that the Diablo 3 developers feel the AH is a negative feature that hurt the game. That’s certainly open to debate, but we know there will be no Auction House (not even a Gold one) with the Diablo 3 console.

    Why the change of heart, though? Do you think the developers are really convinced the AH didn’t work and the game is better off without it? Did they never want it in the first place, and it was only something Bobby’s eyes stared in as a profit source? Are they only turning on the AH since fans (mostly) have and they’re trying to save the dwindling community? Is it entirely financial, since RMAH sales are slow and thus they’re not generating enough income to fund ongoing Diablo 3 operational expense? (And in any event, what are the devs planning to replace the RMAH fees with, if they ditch the system? Pre-game they repeatedly said financial issues wouldn’t allow them to run D3 free servers for a decade, as they did with D2. Can haz itam shoppe? Montly subs? Paid DLC bonus dungeons? Sparkleponies?)

    Why has Blizzard turned against the D3 Auction House? (Pick all that apply.)

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    This poll should have run side by side with the last one, but here it’s better late than never. How do you guys use the Auction House? We might as well know if and how much you’re using the system, when considering your opinions on how it should (or should not) be changed.

    Do you currently use the Diablo 3 Auction House?

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    Last Auction House Poll

    Our last vote asked what should be done with the Auction House and showed a wide variety of opinions, but the consensus seems to be against the AH. Just 10% of you guys want it retained as is, while nearly 40% want it gone entirely. You could probably group option #2 in there also, since Ironborn is an option to create a character who can never use the AH at all.

    What should the Diablo 3 Expansion do with the Auction House?

  • 5) Remove the Auction House entirely. (38%, 851 Votes)
  • 2) Retain the AH but add an DiabloWikiIronborn character option. (19%, 439 Votes)
  • 3) Retain the AH, add many types of high end item binding. (16%, 359 Votes)
  • 4) Remove just the Real Money AH. (11%, 252 Votes)
  • 1) Unchanged. The current AH system works well. (10%, 223 Votes)
  • 6) Something else/no opinion/don’t care. (6%, 142 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 2,266

    We should probably have run a parallel vote with that one, to figure what percent of the voters use the Auction House… so better late than never. It’s up above, along with the other new Auction House vote.

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