A new currency called Platinum and other purchasable features are being added to the game so Blizzard clarify the details.
Blizzard says that references to microtransactions will appear in PTR game files and that a new currency was being implemented in the Diablo 3 2.2.0 patch when it eventually goes live on the test realms. According to Blizzard, there will be microtransactions added to the game in Asia but there are no current plans to make this available in other regions such as North America.
“We recognize 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 anytime soon for the Americas region”, said Blizzard.
Features that are likely to roll out in he not yet released patch which only apply in Asia include a new currency called “Platinum”, timed experience boosts, new cosmetic items such as wings, non-combat pets and character portraits, and references to character slot and stash space expansions.
Some of the new features will apply to European and North America regions such as the new UI for selecting cosmetic items which we posted about a couple of days ago.
Games such as Path of Exile have managed to successfully integrate cosmetic microtransactions into their ARPG which is how they fund development proving it can be viable. Diablo 3 players have already expressed an interest in microtransactions for features such as extra stash space based on community polling over on Diablo : IncGamers in recent months.
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