DICE Brings a Lot More Official Battlefield 3 Servers Online
By Joseph Christ on August 24th, 2012 (7 comments)
There was some hub-bub when DICE started renting it's Battlefield 3 servers to the populace for a price...and then quickly shut down most of its Official servers when the service took off. It really seemed as though they were throwing the yolk -and the price- of server availability upon the gamer. And they were. So it's no surprise that the Battlefield 3 community reacted a bit negatively to their new found responsibility.
Today DICE has announced that they have felt the pricking needle of your disappointment and have effectively quadrupled the number of Official Battlefield 3 servers.
We have heard your wish for more official DICE servers. As of now, we have effectively quadrupled them on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Note that you will still be able to get quick matched into any ranked server. For the best results if you want an official DICE server, please refer to the manual server browser and enter “DICE” as a search term. If you go to the Server information screen, all official DICE servers will have the owner set to “DICE”. Remember that you can favorite servers that you like so you can easily find them again on your next session.
So that should make those with concerns feel a bit better. Personally, I never really had a problem being stuck with player-run servers. Gamers who ran their own servers usually ran better games since they had the ability to enforce game-types and rules...some of which just generated around fair play. Also, people need to understand that a game like CounterStrike has not survived this long simply on the validity of its gameplay. While that's a huge part of it, player servers with varied mutations is what kept that game truly alive and interesting for so long beyond just the MLP association.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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