Activision announced today that the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 will support dedicated servers, just as the original Modern Warfare did. What this means is that Activision is giving players the ability to host their own servers, allowing players full control.
The use of dedicated servers in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare gave players the option(s) to modify the game however they want. Whether that be through custom game modes or an entire Star Wars mod. The mod community has always been an integral part of any PC game’s community, and by removing dedicated server support from Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward caused quite a stir among PC users, to the point where gamers threatened to boycott the title. Employing dedicated servers in Modern Warfare 3 should allow for a better experience on the whole.
“Announced at Gamescom, #MW3/PC will support dedicated servers. Host them where you want, control settings & standard matchmaking like MW1.”
PC gamers have suffered quite a few setbacks this generation. While PC gamers do have the luxury of great graphics and better hardware than their console brethren, they do have to deal with with many poor decisions on the part of publishers. From DRM to the aforementioned removal of dedicated servers in games such as Modern Warfare 2, it’s great to see PC gamers being able to catch a break this one time.
With everything that Infinity Ward is bringing to the table, it looks like they are not only attempting to appease PC gamers, but all Call of Duty fans as well. Many of the complaints from Modern Warfare 2 are being addressed, such as the overly imbalanced Commando perk. Infinity Ward is also making sure to tone down the effectiveness of explosions to insure that players no longer run around with a Grenade Launcher in hand. Add in an improved Spec Ops mode and Modern Warfare 3 is looking to once again be the most successful title this holiday season.
Has the inclusion of dedicated servers helped sway you into purchasing Modern Warfare 3?
Modern Warfare 3 launches November 8th, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. A Wii version and DS version are also in development.