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Microtransactions are here

Discussion in 'Diablo 3 General Discussion' started by Yoo, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. Yoo

    Yoo IncGamers Member

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    I'm sure we'll see a news article up soon but until then:

    European blue poster Bradanvar posted this about features included in patch 2.2.0 that are not applicable to all regions.


    "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 European region:

    • 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 European region."

    source: http://www.diablofans.com/blizz-tracker/topic/58637-patch-2-2-0-features-and-data-mining


    No surprise on any of these except possibly EXP boosts. However for those with a family and real job they could potentially be great for leveling the playing field against 14h/day players.

    Finally, stash and character slots!

    Also reading into this a bit there seems to be a possibility that the currency for the new items is not exclusively available via microtransaction.


    Edit: Confirmed by Nevalistis that they will not be coming to the US (currently) http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/16410220920
     
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  2. Dacar92

    Dacar92 Community, Amazon, DH Moderator & Inc Clan Officer

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    Nor Europe. So microtransactions are here, except for Europe and US. Wow. So, I guess they're not here.

    I am ok with MT's so long as they do not sell top tier gear and weapons. If they are cosmetic, stash space, character slots, those I am ok with. But if the game goes to PTW, I'll stop playing.
     
  3. Yoo

    Yoo IncGamers Member

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    Blizz needs a money stream to justify putting content into D3 and non-pay-to-win transactions are perfect. There are soo many people that want more stash and character slots...

    It would be great if they limited exp bonuses to a small number of hours per day (1-3?) so that people cannot abuse it. Or if it incurs some sort of rested experience so that it could have potential to even out some of the time played disparities.
     

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