Blizzard has announced that Diablo III players will be able to visit an in-game auction house, where they will be able to bid for in-game items using money that they’ve earned in the real world, whether that be through working or selling their organs.
According to Eurogamer, the news came from a preview event held at the company’s California offices last week.
The auction house isn’t all about Blizzard taking your money though, as it’s exclusively for player-to-player trading, meaning Blizzard wont be selling anything through it themselves. They will however charge a flat rate fee for listings and sales, but the unique experience created by players interacting in such a way may very well be worth it.
When using the auction house, players will be able to choose to keep their money in Blizzard’s universe, or use a third-party vendor such as PayPal to get their money into the real world. The latter will cost a little more though, as Blizzard will charge an additional fee for this service.
Players, who will remain anonymous whilst trading, will be able to trade almost any in-game item through the auction house, including weapons, armour and game gold. Blizzard are also considering the inclusion of character trading.
There will be separate auction houses for each region and currency, as well as an addition auction house where players can use in-game gold to trade, rather than real money.
Despite the inclusion of a sanctioned auction house, Blizzard will not stop allowing players to trade their items with friends normally, if they wish to do so.