Submitted by Michael Oliver on 2013-01-21 02:26:23
Blizzard Combats Diablo 3 Gold Inflation in Patch 1.0.7
Could the addition of new sinks be the answer to the current flood of Diablo 3 gold currency?
That’s the hope of Diablo 3 fans after Blizzard introduced in the public test realm (PTR) a new tier of account-bound Marquise gems which will each
cost millions of gems to make and re-socket, as well as an expensive new Archon Armor recipe.
In the latest PTR Patch 1.0.7
notes released in January 15
, Blizzard said a Marquise gem will require 20 million gold, 3 Radiant Star Gems and 1 Demonic Essence. Marquise gems
will provide a unique stat based depending on which item it is socketed.
• Weapon: Increased Critical Hit Damage by 110%
• Helm: +33% Extra Gold from Monsters
• Armor: +62 Dexterity
• Weapon: Melee attackers take 2200 per hit
• Helm: 33% Better chance of finding magical items
• Armor: +62 Intelligence
• Weapon: Each Hit adds +700 Life
• Helm: +19% Life
• Armor: +62 Vitality
• Weapon: +150 Minimum and +150 Maximum Damage
• Helm: Increases Bonus Experience by 33%
• Armor: +62 Strength
Unsocketing Marquise gems will also cost 5 million gold. The steep gold costs associated with Marquise gems could and the fact that they can only be
created at the Jeweler paired has encouraged fans that Blizzard is getting serious with combating gold inflation.
Archon Armor Recipe
In the same January 15 PTR patch notes, Blizzard also said that a new chest equipment Archon Armor recipe will be sold by Squire the Peddler for 1.5
million gold each. It will be iLevel 63, have 6 affixes, account-bound, and will have four variants “each guaranteeing a fixed core stat which will
have the highest range available in the game.”
With the steep Diablo 3 gold costs associated with the new Marquise gems and the Archon Armor recipe, fans expect Blizzard to finally make a dent in
the fast-rising inflation.
“There really needs to be a bigger gold sink out there,” said Diablo 3 forums user Tyrant in a fan thread worrying about Diablo 3 hyperinflation
. “For a number of new players seeing items
worth over 500 million is just crazy.”
“If you had read the patch notes you'd see they are doing just that with the new gems and BoA crafts,” replied user Shiroro.
Some fans have started to complain though that the costs are too high.
“Does anyone else seem to think that [the costs] are a bit high,” said forums user Ezcompany who believes that Marquise gems tantamount to a big tax
“It is a tad high I think but they are making an attempt to drive the cost of gold back up. The only way to do it I'd to have a lot of gold sinks.
Unfortunately it needs to happen, but they could probably come up with something better than 5 million to unsocket,” replied forums user
Blizzard themselves have said that these gold costs are subject to change and might be tweaked before making it into the final version of Patch 1.0.7,
so the costs will likely be tempered given enough fan resistance.