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Battlefield 3 to have dedicated servers on PC

Battlefield 3 will support dedicated servers on the PC, according to Game Informer's recent cover story. The class-based shooter will also use the squad mechanic from Battlefield Bad Company 2.

There was a time when leaving out dedicated server support in a PC game would have been an unthinkable omission, but several high profile PC titles, including Modern Warfare 2, have done just that. DICE, as expected, is having none of that, and states that the game's lead platform is the PC.

Not all the news was a nostalgic return to the glory days of the PC, though. Mod functionality might not be on par with that of previous Battlefield titles, according to Executive Producer Patrick Bach:

"We will not deliver mod tools in the way that we delivered them for Battlefield 2...Creating mod tools today - dumbing them down - takes a lot of energy and what we are discussing more every day is, 'Where do we put our focus?' Right now our focus is to create the best possible multiplayer, single-player, and co-op game - the core game of Battlefield 3. We're still discussing how we handle modifications of any kind."

[Source: Game Informer via Joystiq]

Feb 9, 2011

10 comments

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  • BigWillis - February 10, 2011 8:16 p.m.

    Good news, but in turn this is something that PC Gamers used to take for granted, so bad news that this has to be good news.
  • Sharkbot - February 10, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    In other news the sky is blue, the grass is green and obama is an idiot.
  • db1331 - February 10, 2011 1:07 p.m.

    I thought this was inherently implied when they announced 64 players for PC. Like others have said, it's not news. Just because one terrible game thinks that local hosting is what PC players want doesn't mean we've stopped expecting dedicated servers.
  • Snowyjoe - February 10, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    I agree with DarkSynopsis. This shouldn't be news especially if it's BF.
  • kingsmikefan - February 10, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    I love Bad Company 2's multiplayer. Might check this out if I start gaming regularly again.
  • grappler51 - February 10, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    God, I can't wait for this, it's almost definitely gonna be better than MW3. I'm a bit dissapointed in the lack of mod tools, but as long as the game's good, it won't be a problem. Finally a real PC game!!!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 10, 2011 3:46 a.m.

    I don't have a gaming pc, and even I respect them for keeping their focus there. That said, 'tis gonna be awesome on any console.
  • icedoesnthelp - February 10, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    Just like Bad Company 2, perfect!
  • DarkSynopsis - February 10, 2011 3:02 a.m.

    I'm almost ashamed this is classed as news now most PC games should be assumed to have Dedicated Server unless stated otherwise and just because DICE has been more console based lately does not mean they are going to neglect there PC audience on such a huge level. I imagine console versions will see Dedicated Servers also I mean that is how Bad Company 1 & 2 work and its great!

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