DiabloFans.com picked up this information from their esteemed Diablo Dev Tracker! It looks like Bashiok was recently on the Battle.net forums talking about some of the paid-for options that might make it into Battle.net and the next release of Diablo. One example offered up is that players could pay to have a fallen hardcore character resurrected. We'll keep you updated as soon as any decision is made either way!
Here's the original post from Diablofans.com:
A member on the Battle.net forums
recently inquired about whether or not people would have to pay fees in
order to play Diablo 3 online. Bashiok responded with the following information:
I'll point out that this is a very carefully worded statement."
Bashiok then went on to discuss how some pay-for ideas could possibly work
for the game.
I think this was mentioned by a fan, as far as I know we're not even thinking about these types of pay-for options yet. But, I think it's kind of interesting. I'm not sure if I like the idea or not, which is probably why I like thinking about it. There are some obvious pros and some obvious cons, but I'm not sure there's a clear cut answer as to whether it would work well or not."
Obviously, none of us would like to have to pay additional fees in order to
use Battle.net. If nothing else, I believe anybody who buys the inevitably
pricier "Collector's Edition" of Diablo 3 when it comes out should never have to
pay Battle.net fees to play the game.
However, this does raise the question: What special features would you pay Battle.net fees for with Diablo 3 other than the chance to resurrect a fallen hardcore character? Is there anything that you feel would be worth spending a little extra cash on to make the online gameplay more interesting?