Because Digital Extremes’s Warframe is currently still in beta, there are constantly changes being made to the game. The developers are known to be very involved with their community, so people naturally gravitate to the Warframe forums when they have an idea, complaint, or just want to talk about the game.
On Wednesday, a post was made on the forums entitled “Please DE make Auction house” in which one player argues that instead of Trade Chat, DE should implement an auction house. Fans of the third-person sci-fi shooter have weighed in and it seems to warrant a bit more discussion.
So, first and foremost, what is Trade Chat in Warframe? Essentially, Trade Chat is a chat window which anyone can click on and write messages in where players sell their Prime parts for Platinum. Platinum, if you don’t know, equates to real-world money. Trade Chat is infamously known for being a bit of a hell-hole where people spam their offers or just goof off with trolling messages. The OP from the Warfame forums is suggesting that DE makes an auction house so players no longer have to sift through Trade Chat garbage.
I too am not a fan of Trade Chat and thus I never bother with it, so having another option to sell my extra prime parts sounds great. However, there are a lot of issues in implementing an auction house, as a few comments on the forum post have pointed out. User SilvaDreams pointed out that an auction house would likely invite bots into Warframe while Kimimoto explained how the price of post Prime parts would decrease drastically, spelling out less money for DE overall.
Still, there are many instances of successful auction houses in MMOs, so who is to say Warframe can’t be just as successful? I for one would love to be less involved in the selling of my Prime parts. Sitting in trade chat, haggling with a buyer, and then having to go to a dojo to trade is just a bit of a hassle. I do, however, understand what an auction house might do to the in-game economy. I sit rather undecided on this issue so I’d love to hear what you think! Do you want DE to implement an auction house into Warframe? Let us know!