Microtransactions on tap for Diablo III, but not in the US or EU

    
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Blizzard is likely adding microtransactions to Diablo III. The proposed funny money and its associated features won’t be coming to European or American versions of the game, at least for now.

Blizzard announced its intentions on the Battle.net forums by calling attention to “new features that may start to show up in data-mined information for patch 2.2 that will not apply to all regions.” Things like timed experience boosts, platinum currency, and new cosmetic items were mentioned, along with associated UI tweaks that will purportedly benefit players worldwide.

“While we may explore [microtransactions] in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases or the aforementioned features anytime soon for the Americas region,” Blizzard says.

[Source: Battle.net via: Eurogamer]
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MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

“No immediate plans” is everything I think we need to know about that announcement. Expecting them in NA SoonTM.

Benjamin Seeberger
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Benjamin Seeberger

I’m just hoping there will be be an in-game way to purchase what we’ve always been able to purchase, that the price won’t go up, and that paying real money just means there won’t be a necessary grind for that gold.
Please!

necropsie
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necropsie

Well, as long as it isnt “pay 2.99 dollars monthly to be able to use in game shop”, i am ok with..

Nah, just kidding. Of course it is coming to USA and EU too. If there is a possiblity to make more profit, they will even add Dora The Explorer and Winnie The Pooh into the game as playable characters and sell this as an exclusive pack to you.

nowrar
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nowrar

Two things. Sell stash space, don’t sell increased drop chance. I’m good with that.

wjowski
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wjowski

And you drones made this game one of the best-selling titles of 2012.

ashfyn
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ashfyn

How in the world does this make any difference?  Except in the Season leaderboards, this is all meaningless.  MTs, even carnivorous ones like greater legendary drop rate, should there ever be such a thing, have literally no bearing on other players. All the moues and pouting seem like knee-jerk reactions to the idea of MTs and not the actuality of them.  

The competition in D3 is on the leaderboards, and that is the top 1000 players, who are doing level 50 Grifts, something the majority of players can only dream of touching.  For players on the leaderboards, it has meaning, for everyone else, not a whit.  Blizz has yet to introduce in any of  its games even a whiff of pay to win.  Hard to believe they would do it here.   

So, why the Hell not sell cosmetics, stash space, characters slots (yes!  PLEASE!), and XP boosts?

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Greaterdivinity   SC2 is still huge esports-wise over in South Korea at the very least.  They’re also working on the Legacy of the Void expansion.  Its Twitch viewership spikes up quite a bit whenever any major event is going down.  Yeah it’s not to the levels of DotA 2 and LoL, but MOBAs are a different beast entirely. And they have supported the pro scene via tournaments and other stuff like the stuff they host every Blizzcon.
And the game is still one of the more popular competitive RTSes in EU/NA. It’s regularly within the top 10-15 most viewed game categories on Twitch, for instance.  It even beats out SMITE quite often (which only manages like 2-5k viewers on average outside of special stuff going on). 

It’s just that the competitive RTS scene is quieter much like pretty much everything other than maybe Hearthstone, CS:GO, and the top MOBAs as far as competitive PC gaming goes.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

BuchiBuci That’s how it always starts ;-)

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl
Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Zeneren (mateuszpachnik) Like the GW2 VIP sub ;-)