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