Blizzard is experimenting with Microtransactions in certain regions of the world, but for those worrying that their dungeon crawling classic will be infested with paywalls, pay to win items, and other crap, Blizzard have assured players that they won’t be landing in Europe or North America – yet.
Burried deep within the data for Patch 2.2, data miners discovered that Blizzard was preparing to launch microtransactions within the game. Fortunately Blizzard pre-empted the data miners and released a statement to ensure players in the EU and US aren’t too bitter.
“Some new features may start to show up in data-mined information for patch 2.2 that will not apply to all regions. Specifically, the following features will not apply to the European [or American] region:
- A new currency called Platinum
- Timed experience boosts
- New cosmetic items including wings, non-combat pets, and character portraits
- References to stash space and character slot expansions
- A new UI interface that references the above information
“We recognise that many players have expressed an interest in microtransactions being added to Diablo 3. While we may explore this model in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases or the aforementioned features anytime soon for the Americas region.”
Unfortunately Blizzard hasn’t confirmed which regions they “may explore,” but a similar post has appeared in the Korean Diablo 3 forum, and with the game’s release in China looming – as soon as the government approves the game, I mean, all eyes are on that release to include the fateful “cosmetic items.”
My question to you is, would you accept Microtransactions being added to Diablo 3? Would you use them? Or would it put you off the game completely?