Blizzard has delayed the launch of Diablo III’s real money auction house for a second time, presumably to focus on battling other problems that have sprung up since the game was released.

“In light of the post-launch obstacles we've encountered, we have made the decision to move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame,” Blizzard said on Battle.net.

“As we mentioned in our original announcement, our goal has always been to ensure everyone has the smoothest experience possible when the real-money auction house launches, and we need a bit more time to iron out the existing general stability and gameplay issues before that feature goes live.”

No launch date for the auction house has been announced.

In addition, the company also announced a patch which would “further address client issues and apply additional bug fixes”.

It is expected to release next week.

“Moving forward, additional server maintenances will be required,” Blizzard said.

There is no word on whether that particular patch will address the game’s disappearing achievements bug, however Blizzard have acknowledged that it is also working on that problem.

“While we don't have any concrete details to share with you just yet, we will have more information to share in the weeks ahead.”

“We appreciate everyone's patience as we work to improve stability and usability for all players,” it said.

A full list of Diablo III hotfixes is available on Battle.net. Note that there are some spoilers within.