In response to Infinity Ward's move away from a PC tradition of player-customized dedicated servers in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, more and more developers are coming out and publicly embracing the concept. Splash Damage says its upcoming parkour-enhanced Brink will support dedicated servers, according to a report out of Eurogamer from its own Eurogamer Expo.
DICE confirmed this week dedicated servers would be a part of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. It's unclear for other games, though.
The question of dedicated servers will likely become one of the first issues journalists present to game developers with PC versions coming in the future. CVG recently met up with Rebellion, who is currently working on Aliens vs. Predator, headed to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The latest iteration in the franchise is a console first, but Rebellion has a strong PC history.
"It [the series] was originally a PC title so you can imagine the heritage and the need within Rebellion itself to make sure that people who still play and talk of that game are not left behind," said senior producer David Brickley, quietly dodging the question. "As I said the game is still quite a way from release so I guess there are other things to be determined during that time."
The response to Infinity Ward's change may weigh heavily on that final decision.