After a Blizzard representative claimed last week that a decision was made to “move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame,” the date for the feature has been quietly revealed via an in-game notification to be June 12. The feature has seen a number of delays after the game’s server issues following release.
Unfortunately, yesterday players were once again faced with the dreaded Error 37 message as overnight players struggled to gain access to the game following the release of Patch 1.0.2. The patch itself saw a number of tweaks, including the Monk’s ability to render teammates immune being toned down and Mantra of Healing increasing life regeneration as well as granting a three-second shield to the player’s party.
The regular auction house also received a few changes, making things clearer and improving player feedback. A full list of changes the patch has brought can be found here.
Analysis: Taking their time and ensuring that their product is as ready as possible has been a practice of Blizzard for a while now, and it’ll be interesting to see how the controversial feature turns out once it’s released. I do find it strange that the details of the feature’s launch was released in such a quiet manner. Nevertheless, it looks like it’ll be open to players shortly. With any luck, the launch will go smoothly and the server issues Diablo III has faced will be a thing of the past.