Web Access and a “Premium” Auction House on the Way?
The word came down on the official forums today that there may be some new features coming to the armory soon, including some kind of web access to the in-game auction house, and additionally “premium” features on the auction house that will likely cost some form of real money. What those “premium features” will be and what they’ll get you though all remains to be seen.
Here’s what Bornakk said on the forums:
Since the launch of the World of Warcraft Armory, we’ve been regularly releasing updates and new features designed to help players stay connected to the game even when they’re not logged in. Today, we wanted to give you a heads-up about a new service now in development that will let players access the Auction House directly through the Armory website or Armory App for iPhone or iPod touch.
While there are still plenty of details to be worked out, we’re designing the service to offer auction functionality similar to what’s available in-game. Players have been requesting — and we’ve been hoping to implement — a feature like this for a long time, and we’re excited that the Armory and the game have evolved to a point that makes it possible.
This is a fairly complex service to develop, due in large part to its unprecedented integration with the game, so we don’t have an exact release date yet. It’s important to note here that certain elements of the service will be premium-based, which we’ll go into more detail on once the service functionality is finalized. As with all of the services we offer, we plan to integrate the Auction House and Armory in a way that won’t disrupt the gameplay experience, and we won’t release it until it meets the quality standards that we’ve set for our other features and services. You may be seeing bits and pieces of the Auction House service pop up in the test builds we use for the public test realms as we go through the process of internal testing. We’ll have more info to share with you here and at http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com as we get closer to release.
Very cool – soon we may be able to manage our auctions from the office, for those of us who just can’t get enough of the AH, and for those of us who wait to log in just to “pop on and check our auctions” may be able to head to the Armory and do that after logging in there instead.
All in all, more features will be introduced shortly, so it’s just a matter of time until we see the improvements.