Diablo 3 Auction House is officially offline, as of March 18, 2014. This is a move seen coming by the Diablo 3 community as it seemed to be almost unanimously disliked.
According to Battle.net, They feel like this move along with the Loot 2.0 system being developed concurrently with Reaper of Souls will result in a much more rewarding game experience.
This is the response Rock Paper Shotgun got from a Blizzard rep:
“We do not have plans to implement an offline mode. While the always-online requirement made the auction house possible, the auction house was never the driving factor in our decision to make the PC version of Diablo III require an Internet connection. The game was built from the ground up to take full advantage of Battle.net, which provides a number of important benefits, including persistent server-side character saves, a seamless PC multiplayer experience, cheat prevention, and Real ID and BattleTag social features.”
There you have it. While Blizzard makes one seemingly right decision in the eyes of gamers, you can’t help but wonder how many of those same people saw it as a great opportunity for an offline mode, which many people were wanting. Many game on the go, where we contrary to popular belief don’t have a 24/7 internet connection. While platforms like steam offering offline play and Xbox One discontinuing their “always online” approach, we can only hope more follow suit in the future to give us more options and enjoyment.