Electronic Arts announces plans to bring back its Rent-a-Server program for Battlefield 1, which lets fans set up their own servers and customize match rules.
It's safe to say at this point that Battlefield 1 is easily one of the most anticipated games of holiday 2016, and with that being the case, the developers are going to want to promote the title as best as possible by filling in fans with as much information about its in-game features before launch. Recently, the studios behind the first-person shooter decided to do just that by announcing the early details for the Rent-a-Server program for Battlefield 1.
According to a blog post on the official website for Battlefield 1, shortly after the title's release next week, players will be able to rent a server directly through an in-game store. In the announcement, Electronic Arts stated that this particular method for server rental allows it to have more control over the quality of the hardware to be used, since it is going to be the sole provider. Furthermore, it will also assist the company in centralizing the support process, as fans will simply be able to talk to EA's own channels should problems arise when using the feature.
For those unaware, Electronic Arts' Rent-a-Server program for Battlefield 1 is nothing new, as the feature has been available to PC players for many years. As a matter of fact, it became a part of consoles since the third installment in the franchise released. Instead of going through EA for private hosting, though, when gamers previously wanted to host their own server they had to talk to third-parties chosen and authorized by the publisher for leasing.
Electronic Arts' decision to allow players to host private matches in Battlefield 1 will give fans of the forthcoming shooter the chance to customize the server's name, map rotation, game modes, as well as numerous other gameplay settings. However, it's important to note that a few options will be locked, but EA did not state exactly which ones would not be accessible. Even so, the company revealed that more options could eventually become available based on feedback from the Battlefield 1 community.
More likely than not, Battlefield 1's Rent-a-Server feature and its certain restrictions will become a contentious subject among PC players, as they are used to having loads of control over the settings for game servers. That said, though, it’s currently unclear as to how scaled-back the new options are going to be. Fans should expect to get an even better idea about Battlefield 1's Rent-a-Server program once it gets closer to the World War I shooter's official release date.
Battlefield 1 is set to launch on October 21, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.