For a long time, Diablo III's in-game Auction House has been a source of frustration for PC gamers. The inclusion of the fake-and-real currency auctions caused major changes to how the loot system in Diablo III functions.
A lot of players felt shafted - instead of a game based around killing bosses and finding loot, like its predecessors, Diablo III became more about watching the Auction House for the best deals.
It may have taken a while, but Blizzard has listened.
On its official blog, Blizzard announced that the Auction House would be shut down on March 18th, 2014.
"When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But as we've mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we've decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III."
It's a good idea, and considering that the company is revving up for the game's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, it just...makes sense. It probably helps that the recently re-balanced console release has been getting a ton of praise, in large part due to its tweaked loot system.
Either way, it's good news. Sure, it might not fix all of the game's problems, but at least Blizzard is trying to fix their game - it's something that most other developers wouldn't even bother with.
Diablo III's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, launches in 2014.