Diablo III’s Auction House To Be Removed On March 18th, No Plans For An Offline Mode

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Blizzard has announced today that it will be removing Diablo III’s auction house on March 18th. According to production director, John Hight, the Auction House system ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play at this point, and that is something that Blizzard does not feel comfortable with. Therefore, the team is ditching away that particular system and is already working on Loot 2.0.

Now the big question is whether Blizzard is working on an offline mode for the PC version of Diablo III. Wouldn’t an offline mode be great, especially since the console versions of the game support such a feature? Well that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

As RPS reported, Blizzard has no plans on bringing this requested feature to Diablo III PC.

“We do not have plans to implement an offline mode. While the always-online requirement made the auction house possible, the auction house was never the driving factor in our decision to make the PC version of Diablo III require an Internet connection. The game was built from the ground up to take full advantage of Battle.net, which provides a number of important benefits, including persistent server-side character saves, a seamless PC multiplayer experience, cheat prevention, and Real ID and BattleTag social features.”

So there you have it everyone. Auction House is out, always-online requirement remains intact.

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