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Guilhemette "Whilhelmina" Giacopazzi
BlizzCon 2013 is over and this year’s event will be remembered for many reasons. Not only did Blizzard announce details of the next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, but information was also released on future plans for the immensely popular Hearthstone, due to go into open beta next month.
BlizzCon has officially come to a close and over the course of the weekend there were a hefty amount of reveals for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The base game was met with critical acclaim, but the games flaws soon became apparent to all that those that played the game. The auction house, the itemization, the difficulty, the loot grind--it all felt half-baked to many gamers.
This afternoon, Blizzard announced that the Diablo III Auction House will close in six months, on March 18th, 2014. Blizzard acknowledges the Auction House ultimately "undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot." Josh Mosqueira, Diablo III's Game Director, describes the AH as having "short-circuited (their) core reward-loop." John Hight, Production Director, clarifies that the shutdown will include both the real money and gold transactions.
The move to close the Auction House is part of a bigger overhaul called "Loot 2.0", an extensive effort to remedy player complaints against the item system. Specifically, Loot 2.0 will aim to have "less, better, more epic items," to address concerns of diluted item rarity. It's unclear whether this patch will appear before Reaper of Souls, the 2014 expansion revealed last month at Gamescom. In a Battle.net post, Lylirra hints Loot 2.0 could happen as early as "Winter" – with more official details likely during BlizzCon this November.
Colt "ShdwFlm" Casey
The rumours have been confirmed: Blizzard is releasing an expansion for Diablo III. With a new class, increased level cap to 70 and brand new Act, Reaper of Souls picks up from the end of the original game. But more than that, the expansion also addresses fan concerns in a significant and meaningful way.
It was already announced at the Playstation 4 reveal that Diablo III would be coming to next-gen consoles. Last week however, it was announced that the title would also be releasing on the current-gen consoles this September.
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