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Blizzard looking to turn Diablo III players away from Auction House Gear

by William Schwartz

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The Diablo 3 auction house was a pretty good idea from Blizzard. It allows players that are looking to outfit their characters with weapons and gear by paying a price in either real world currency, or currency from the game. It can provide for a nice shortcut to getting the gear you want, and outfitting your character with a very specific skill set due to being able to search for very specific buffs.

It turns out that this is becoming a problem in the eyes of Blizzard. Instead of farming the game world for loot, Diablo 3 players are farming the auction house instead. This is something that they will be looking to curb in coming updates. In a recent Ask a Dev session on the Diablo 3 forums, developers from the D3 team explained in detail.

“We don’t really like that, for most players, all of your current gear is very likely something that you’ve found on the Auction House,”said Andrew Chambers. “This can create a situation where it doesn’t feel like you “own” the gear you’ve obtained.”

The introduction of account bound crafted items is one step that Blizzard is taking to get players back on the loot grind in Diablo 3. “Demonic Essence was made account bound to encourage players who wish to create the new items to play the game instead of simply going to the Auction House and buying all the mats necessary to mass produce the items…For that same reason we wanted the product of the recipes to be account bound as well. We want players to not only find or produce their own items more often, but also diminish the impact the Auction House has on the game.”

Blizzard rolled out patch 1.0.7 today, which also includes the new brawling features (accessible when speaking with Nek the Brawler in any of the four act hubs). Another major change that Blizzard is adding in 1.0.7 is the rollback functionality in Hardcore characters. With the release of the new patch, any account rollbacks will not revive Hardcore characters as it was never intended to be a part of Diablo III.

Diablo 3 patch 1.0.7 is available now on Battle.net

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