I know they're hoping to have hit on a new set of ways to extract money from players. If they want PvP to be more than throwaway entertainment (which it was in Diablo 2, really) it'll need to be balanced and enjoyable. If they get a good community going they'll make a lot because the PvP base will have to buy the good stuff on auction to stay competitive. It's kind of ironic that to be money-grabbing and cynical they have to make a superior play experience.
I think if you intend to buy the game, and enjoy PvP, the thing to do will be to get into it early, have your fun, and accept that there will come a time when you'll have to move on or spend some money.
It doesn't worry me all that much. I will likely buy it, play only PvE, rarely if ever play with other people, never spend a penny. I expect it will be the best ever of the clicking-on-monsters-until-loot-falls-out genre (COMULFO: you saw it here first, people).
The beta game play is amazing, there are a few tweaks that need to be done, and because it's Blizzard, every thing's blown out of proportion on both sides. Videos don't really do the beta justice, the game feels really good to play. The addition of Havok physics is awesome, the first time i bashed a zombie and it corpse-flopped slowly over a wall, i was amazed. That said - the game is not perfect - there are a few UI issues now, which i suspect will be fixed. The rune system seems full of controversy, and is probably the biggest issue at the moment. Crafting has been nerfed, which was needed, difficulty increased, things seem to be shaping up very well at this point. Don't worry - the game's going to be good.
The delay suggests perhaps they think it can be more than that.
To be honest, PvPers are only ever going to be a very small fraction of the player base, as is usually the case. So even if PvPers spend more on average than other players, which is possible, it still wouldn't amount to all that much. Maybe. They may have run the numbers differently.
I really wish they would implement polished teams arenas with standardized gear and a ladder system.
I didn't get into D2 PvP but I would probably play it if it were balanced. Using PVE gear in PvP though sort of turns me off.
Was a lot of features left out of WoW to get it to release. Nothing new.
You continuously bitch about things without even trying to reason them? You call upon redundancies and the 600 man lay-off at Blizzard. Exactly whom from the Diablo III Development Team or anyone associated with Diablo III was laid off? This was their WoW dept. and 540 of them was customer support.
When will you bring up some actual backstage-knowledge and not just try to assume things that you have absolutely no idea about? It's quite clear that you have a huge hatred for Blizzard, Activision and any product associated with them - at least to me it sounds that way.
The RMAH is an obvious cash grab. The fact it's included at all and EVERY SINGLE BIT OF DESIGN REVOLVES AROUND IT should tell you this. But, of course, you're Gozuu, who makes wonderful posts like this:-
Yes, the RMAH is a cash grab. You might dislike it and you may as well ignore it totally. The geniuses put in an old-school gold only Auction House so that you don't have to deal with micro transactions! I know that is hard to believe, but it's true! Other than the fact that you don't have to use it, it will make certain that they can continuously provide post-launch support, expansions and avoid redundancies like with the WoW customer support! You know, sustainable income which a game you get for 60 Dollars that provides hundred of hours of playtime does not really provide.
If it were a 'cash-grab', Blizzard would just sell over-powered loot items through micro-transactions instead. That'd be far easier to implement and make far more money for them. And cause a lot less fuss as it's practically accepted practice now.
I know this by reading the news, watching the news, find interest in what the world wide web provides me with of information that are closely tied to the model that the RMAH uses. Facebook games is one reason that I can tell the RMAH will be a success. DLC from Activision being bought in the millions is another reason that I can tell the RMAH will be a success. I don't know why you once again tell me it is a cash grab, which I've already agreed with you upon, yet it still remains a source of income to keep everything running after your one time purchase and it will bring life to future Blizzard games as well as keep the redundancies from coming back the next time. That last statement might be naive, but one can only hope people get to keep their jobs. You are free not to use the RMAH, I won't use it either.
The simple fact is that enough people want to use the gold AH, the gold AH will be fine.