DICE Posts Bad Company 2 Dedicated Server FAQ

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DICE Posts Bad Company 2 Dedicated Server FAQ

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DICE would like to take this opportunity to remind you that despite what certain other studios may or may not be doing, the PC version of the upcoming Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will most definitely feature dedicated servers.

The stinko that erupted when it came out that Modern Warfare 2 would eschew dedicated servers in favor of "console style" peer-to-peer matchmaking was, or at least should have been, entirely predictable. Regardless of the merits of the decision, stripping a well-established aspect of online PC gaming in order to make it more akin to consoles is nothing but a casual flip-off in the eyes of die-hard PC gamers and anyone who pretends to be surprised by the reaction is either being entirely disingenuous or just hasn't put more than two seconds of thought into it.

But Infinity Ward's loss is DICE's gain, at least when it comes to some quick, easy marketing. Taking advantage of the outrage over Modern Warfare 2, DICE has posted a Dedicated Server FAQ for Battlefield: Bad Company 2, going as far as to call the announcement of the FAQ "Dedicated to our PC players!"

So what's the poop? DICE will be teaming with "trusted partners with datacenters worldwide" who will offer dedicated game servers for rent. Pricing will be variable based on region but the servers will offer all the tools PC gamers have come to expect: Full admin functionality, private matches and reserve lists, a proper server browser and more. "Rest assured PC players, Battlefield will stay true to its roots offering dedicated servers to all its players and continue the tradition of the ultimate FPS gaming experience!" the FAQ says.

I'm not laboring under the illusion that Bad Company 2 will steal the crown from Modern Warfare 2 and on a personal level I don't particularly care how matchmaking is handled since I have no intention of buying Modern Warfare 2 anyway. But where my associate Mr. Funk thinks server browsers are "clunky and unintuitive," I find them flexible and functional; ease of use and "accessibility" does not always translate into a better experience. The Modern Warfare 2 "experiment" may turn out to be a rousing success and set a new standard for online PC gaming, but unless and until that happens I'm happy to see DICE turn the screws a little bit more.

via: VE3D

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Dude! Flippin Sweet!

Bad Company 2: 1 Modern Warfare 2: 0

In my book at least...

I saw this one coming... lol

Bad Company 2 wins me for that reason alone....and I liked the first once.

Shame IW is too stubborn to realize what it's doing...

Bad Company also doesnt have game ruining perks, and lets you choose what weapons you want, so you can get snipers sooner if thats what you prefer, instead of what the game wants to give you. Also...blowing shit up!

Very intelligent PR.

I think this will sting the sales of Modern Warfare too much (mainly because the "shock" announcement came too late in the game for a mass change of opinion), but it will certainly aid Battlefield's sales.

Hah, here in Sweden that decision has been praised skywards for two very clear reasons.

- Dice = Sweden's pride and joy

- The majority of "hardcore gamers" in Sweden use PC instead of console.

We take pride in that our finest gaming labourers really understands us. Though I don't own a Battlefield game so I couldn't care less.

Much respect for these people. But I suppose I'll get both MW2 and BC2, since we PC-tards, I mean, PC Gods never had the chance to play Bad Company on the PC yet.

I'll seriously laugh if they also decide to put some shoddy DRM in the game, seeing it's EA publishing it and all...

mrfft:
Bad Company 2 wins me for that reason alone....and I liked the first once.

Shame IW is too stubborn to realize what it's doing...

I suspect it was more of an order from the Activision Brass more than anything else - in that by eschewing dedicated servers they could make the series more profitable by allowing them to turn off multiplayer for certain games later to encourage people to buy the latest installment.

That said, I generally like the Battlefield games' multiplayer over Call of Duty 4s multiplayer, so I'll be sticking with the Battlefield series anyway.

WOOOO Alright this is on my Gotta buy list now!

Hmm, I'm still a little skepticle on how a game engine made specifically for consoles will work on PC's.

But this is still a nice turn of events, way to give the finger to IW and Activision.

I may actually get it for the PC now. And maybe the 360 at a later date.

Once again DICE proves that they're the best.

Not that I care about dedicated servers or anything, but they're flaming Infinity Ward. Now there will be more people playing this gem, and less people playing the most generic shooter of 2009. Woohoo!

The Call of Duty series has had PC titles since it`s inception while the original Bad Company was console-only. Oh, the irony.

Although it is clear DICE is just trying to turn the situation to their own advantage, I hope this will make Infinity Ward think twice about their decision in order to prevent lost sales.

I think it is kinda of patchetic that they are doing this if they don't agree with what Modern Warfare 2 is doing thats fine but they don't have to go out of there way to be idiots about it.
DICE=fail

ryai458:
I think it is kinda of patchetic that they are doing this if they don't agree with what Modern Warfare 2 is doing thats fine but they don't have to go out of there way to be idiots about it.
DICE=fail

Yup, this. I saw it coming, but I kinda hoped it was a developer I didn't at least slightly respect. Shame, that got me all disappointed.

Tom Phoenix:
The Call of Duty series has had PC titles since it`s inception while the original Bad Company was console-only. Oh, the irony.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure that Call of Duty 3 was also not on PC.

Good. I think that IW's homogenizing of the gaming world, first by making the PC version the same price, and then the dedicated server thing, has backfired completely and I hate developers when they try and 'shake things up'. It comes off as arrogant, the same thing happened to Blizzard.

Toty54:

Tom Phoenix:
The Call of Duty series has had PC titles since it`s inception while the original Bad Company was console-only. Oh, the irony.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure that Call of Duty 3 was also not on PC.

That is correct, but that was not my point. My point was that while Call of Duty has traditionally been a PC franchise (CoD3 notwithstanding), Bad Company was never a PC game before. Yet DICE is showing more support to the PC demographic with BC2 then Infinity Ward is with MW2.

ryai458:
I think it is kinda of patchetic that they are doing this if they don't agree with what Modern Warfare 2 is doing thats fine but they don't have to go out of there way to be idiots about it.
DICE=fail

Really? This is free PR and advertising. Asking them not to jump on this is like asking them to burn money. If the roles were reversed Activision/IW would be releasing a similar FAQ. What better way to undermine your competition than to point out to their discontent fanbase that you have that they want? Generally speaking, being an asshole is a pretty effective way of making money.

The irony (as some have already pointed out) that sorrounds this whole CoD/IW and BC/DICE thing is as delicious as creamy chocolate chip (or replace that with whatever your favorite flavour is) ice cream.

hmm.... console port sequel, which the original was stale and boring, with dedicated servers that are only offered by one company..... ya, that's nice and all, but i don't see what all the praise is. having our options limited so much on who we get our dedicated servers from isn't too appealing, but then again neither is the game itself, so i guess i'm just as apathetic as before.

Psychosocial:
Once again DICE proves that they're the best.

Not that I care about dedicated servers or anything, but they're flaming Infinity Ward. Now there will be more people playing this gem, and less people playing the most generic shooter of 2009. Woohoo!

You had to see it coming.

Infinity Ward says no to dedicated servers, so it's open contest for all the other 2nd most popular shooters to get a shot at them first.

Malygris:
ease of use and "accessibility" does not always translate into a better experience.

yea Andy! You tell 'em! I mean, you kind of ripped me off, I said almost exactly the same words in the comments on Funk's article... but you write the articles! Stick it to 'em! (IW, not Funk - he may be misguided about multiplayer design but he's a damn good writer)

ryai458:
I think it is kinda of patchetic that they are doing this if they don't agree with what Modern Warfare 2 is doing thats fine but they don't have to go out of there way to be idiots about it.
DICE=fail

you mean like iw has almost always done in the past, with saying other developers are "less talanted" and that new gameplay innovations are a waste of time, while themselves relying on scripted events, respawning enemies and gameplay mechanics that are older than they are?

seriously, i agree with you that dice/ea are making a bonehead move here, but iw has done this same sort of thing so much in the past its finally good to see someone throwing it back in their faces.

the only thing is, I'm doubting that DICE will have modding tools/SDK on release. pity.
those we'll have to wait for BF3 proper in a year or two...
but at least there are proper dedicated servers.

There slogan should be, DICE, "were not dicks like IW"

If they want to be close to their roots how about releasing Bad Company for the PC?

This is Dice just trying to look better than Infinity Ward for no real reason.
Dedicated server support shouldn't get you a pat on the back, it should be a no-brainer for a PC FPS release.

I am hoping Modern Warfare 2 for PC falls flat on it's face so developers may learn a lesson.

I'm not sure about Bad Company 2 for PC either, we'll see, but Bad Company 1 looked pretty sub-par to me. I did see a BC2 trailer that looked pretty cool though. But every game seems to look cool in trailers these days.

This is coming from someone who loved BF1942, BF2, BF2142.

mrjinx:
This is Dice just trying to look better than Infinity Ward for no real reason.
Dedicated server support shouldn't get you a pat on the back, it should be a no-brainer for a PC FPS release.

I am hoping Modern Warfare 2 for PC falls flat on it's face so developers may learn a lesson.

I'm not sure about Bad Company 2 for PC either, we'll see, but Bad Company 1 looked pretty sub-par to me. I did see a BC2 trailer that looked pretty cool though. But every game seems to look cool in trailers these days.

This is coming from someone who loved BF1942, BF2, BF2142.

I agree with your statement, but I think that DICE had this announcement for a different reason.

With pretty big name games like F.E.A.R 2 and Operation Flashpoint 2 not supporting dedicated servers, some customers are starting to worry that lack of dedicated servers is becoming the norm. MW 2 is just so freaking popular that many people look at them as the definition of "Mainstream Game" and DICE just wants to reassure us that not all big name companies think the same.

Well played Dice. I didn't know about this game before the IW mess, and now I do.

Thank goodness. I was originally going to get MW2 and not Bad Company 2, but I believe it is time for a switch.

Hah, that made me laugh. So what they're saying is "it's a good game because it allows dedicated servers". I guess after the whole MW:2 hoopla some people may get this instead out of spite, despite what difference in gameplay there may or may not be. But really is there whole advertising ploy, "were doing what the're not so that makes us better".

But before anyone says anything I'm not a MW fanboy hating on this game. I haven't played an FPS sense Doom 2 and I'm not planning on buying either of these games. I just think it's hilarious that they would use this as an advertising ploy.

This looks to me less like positive advertising and more like an indirect way for them to call IW "assholes" and gain some free sympathy (and the sales that may come with it). I don't know, it seems like an incredibly cheap trick. I expected more from developer houses than them poking each other's eyes out.

ryai458:
I think it is kinda of patchetic that they are doing this if they don't agree with what Modern Warfare 2 is doing thats fine but they don't have to go out of there way to be idiots about it.
DICE=fail

Chipperz:

ryai458:
I think it is kinda of patchetic that they are doing this if they don't agree with what Modern Warfare 2 is doing thats fine but they don't have to go out of there way to be idiots about it.
DICE=fail

Yup, this. I saw it coming, but I kinda hoped it was a developer I didn't at least slightly respect. Shame, that got me all disappointed.

Cry some more.

Dice decided to be nice to PC players, and said nothing about hurting the console versions in any ways, and yet you continue to cry and moan like a couple fanboys who resent anything good that is hurled towards the PC gaming community.

Is it really that hard to just feel happy about PC gamers enjoying there games even more then before now that Dice has done this?

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