Remember when there was the big controversy about how Modern Warfare 2 would not use dedicated servers on the PC? Well, today developer Treyarch sent word that the next Call of Duty title, Back Ops, will see a return to dedicated servers on the PC.
According to Mark Lamia, head Treyarch, “Dedicated servers are excellent. I don’t see any reason not to see them unless… well, I just don’t see any reason not to.”
Lamia went on to say: “We do work very hard to reconcile the desire to manipulate and modify those dedicated servers with offering them the persistent experience and benefits that the console system provides… We’re working very hard to marry those two things, so people can run dedicated servers and also participate in the communal experience the console players get to have, given they’re all on first-party servers.”
Some of you will remember that Infinity Ward released Modern Warfare 2 sans dedicated server support under the guise that it would make multiplayer “much more accessible to the PC community.” Personally I never accepted this explanation. As a hardcore PC gamer for most of my life, I feel that dedicated servers are one of the most important facets of multiplayer gaming.
Dedicated servers allow you to play games within a tight nit community. If you keep playing on the same server you will undoubtedly start to see the same players over and over again. As rivalries and friendships build, a stronger, more dedicated community emerges. I can’t tell you the number of e-friends I’ve made just by playing Counter-Strike on the same public server. To me, these relationship are what make multiplayer gaming worth while. I think that Treyarch is making a smart move here and that the PC community will rally behind them.
What do you think? Are you PC gamers more likely to purchase Black Ops due to dedicated server support? Let us know what you think by dropping a comment.