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Yes, Virginia, Modern Warfare 3 Will Have Dedicated PC Servers

Activision finally gives the fervent, vitriolic fans what they've been demanding since Modern Warfare 2.

If you're one of the many, many PC players of Modern Warfare 2 that was, shall we say, less-than-enthused about Activision and Infinity Ward's decision not to include support for dedicated servers, you may now put down your pitchforks and delete your online petitions: Modern Warfare 3 is getting dedicated servers.

You're going to have to find something else in Modern Warfare 3 to make the subject of your Hitler freakout video.

This news of Activision's sudden 180 on the subject comes via IGN, who confirmed from Activision reps at Gamescom that Modern Warfare 3 will fully support dedicated servers on the PC. IGN says that this is part of a larger effort to show PC players that Activision is still very much dedicated to the PC platform.

While this news is no doubt exciting to potential Modern Warfare 3 players, the publisher evidently still has some concerns about opening up the servers in such fashion. Specifically, the inclusion of dedicated servers does mean that it would, in theory at least, be easier to cheat in online multiplayer matches. This is especially an issue given the upcoming debut of Call of Duty Elite, which Activision plans to use to hold a number of multiplayer-oriented contests with "millions and millions of dollars" worth of prizes.

With that in mind, Activision has apparently said that they will not ship Modern Warfare 3 until developers are sure they can keep the play environment fair and balanced. Given the unlikelihood of Activision missing its planned November 8 release date, we can presume then that the game will be as secure and cheater-proof as it possibly can be by that date, and that any suggestions otherwise will be treated as the maniacal ravings of the lunatic fringe that they most assuredly are.

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Posted by Alex

If you're one of the many, many PC players of Modern Warfare 2 that was, shall we say, less-than-enthused about Activision and Infinity Ward's decision not to include support for dedicated servers, you may now put down your pitchforks and delete your online petitions: Modern Warfare 3 is getting dedicated servers.

You're going to have to find something else in Modern Warfare 3 to make the subject of your Hitler freakout video.

This news of Activision's sudden 180 on the subject comes via IGN, who confirmed from Activision reps at Gamescom that Modern Warfare 3 will fully support dedicated servers on the PC. IGN says that this is part of a larger effort to show PC players that Activision is still very much dedicated to the PC platform.

While this news is no doubt exciting to potential Modern Warfare 3 players, the publisher evidently still has some concerns about opening up the servers in such fashion. Specifically, the inclusion of dedicated servers does mean that it would, in theory at least, be easier to cheat in online multiplayer matches. This is especially an issue given the upcoming debut of Call of Duty Elite, which Activision plans to use to hold a number of multiplayer-oriented contests with "millions and millions of dollars" worth of prizes.

With that in mind, Activision has apparently said that they will not ship Modern Warfare 3 until developers are sure they can keep the play environment fair and balanced. Given the unlikelihood of Activision missing its planned November 8 release date, we can presume then that the game will be as secure and cheater-proof as it possibly can be by that date, and that any suggestions otherwise will be treated as the maniacal ravings of the lunatic fringe that they most assuredly are.

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Posted by scarace360

Its to late call of duty.

Posted by SpaceKangaroo

Back to resetting stats CoD4 style \o\

Posted by nintendoeats

Fair and balanced being used in the same sense that Fox News does no doubt.

Posted by msavo

Is this good news? Do PC players like Call of Duty?

Posted by DAFTPUNK

BF3 nuff said

Posted by ds8k

...Virginia? I don't understand.

Posted by Feigr

The fact that dedicated servers for an PC FPS is even news is pretty damn sad. It should be a core feature and not something that needs to be announced. This is like Nintendo announcing that the new Super Mario game will have jumping.

Posted by CandleJakk

It won't make a difference, all the PC gamers will still pirate it, then complain about the balance or spawning issues and threaten to boycott the next CoD all over again. Guh.

Posted by ryanwho

im from virginia  
you needed to know

Posted by Mu5hy

eh, burned that bridge - no going back.

Posted by Animasta

no one cares activision

Posted by wickedsc3

@DAFTPUNK said:

BF3 nuff said

Nothing said.

Posted by twigger89

If it is anything like the dedicated servers in Black Ops than no thanks. Those servers tools were so poor and stripped down it felt like I was giving the server suggestions more than actually changing things. Please let us host our own servers, and not have to buy them from that one shitty provider you picked out of a hat.

Posted by SeriouslyNow

@Laketown said:

no one cares activision

That Catholic girl started much too late.

Posted by Jeffsekai

Yo BF3 is coming out this year, I don't know anyone who would buy MW3 on PC over BF3.

Posted by Depth

BF3 looks so much better than MW3.

Posted by imsh_pl

Who wants to bet that dedicated servers will be a CoD Elite-only feature?

Posted by chilibean_3

Cool. That cheating issue is a nonsense excuse and I'm glad they're allowing dedicated servers again. Now it's just a matter of the game actually keeping up with MW1 and 2 standards.

Posted by DaBuddaDa

Great that big publishers are coming around again on the PC as a growing, viable platform after years of hemmoraging money and failing projects on consoles.

Posted by groin

@imsh_pl said:

Who wants to bet that dedicated servers will be a CoD Elite-only feature?

I accept that bet.

Posted by Irvandus

No Activision your not getting my money, go away until you have Diablo 3

Posted by vaportra1l

So yes you will be able to play on the mw3 equivalent of a 24/7 nuketown server with retarded rules such as no crouching or assault rifles only.

Posted by TurboMan

@ryanwho said:

im from virginia you needed to know

Me Too!

Posted by Binman88
@CandleJakk said:

It won't make a difference, all the PC gamers will still pirate it, then complain about the balance or spawning issues and threaten to boycott the next CoD all over again. Guh.

Congratulations on posting the first "look at me, I'm a generalising cunt" comment on a PC related article! 
 
I pre-ordered MW2, hoping the lack of dedicated servers wouldn't be much of a problem, and was severely disappointed with the multiplayer component of the game. If not for this news (which is good news), I would have completely ignored this game - once bitten, twice shy and all that. There's no need to paint this announcement in a negative light as Alex has done here. To me, it reeks of bitterness. Try expanding your audience, instead of pandering to the one you have. 
Posted by adoggz
@TurboMan said:

@ryanwho said:

im from virginia you needed to know

Me Too!

shit guys me three.
Posted by ArcLyte

bottom line is MW3 will be dope, and you all are being silly with your hate bandwagon bullshit.

Posted by Mikemcn

So the graphs shifted and showed that Kotick would get richer by adding dedicated servers than by using matchmaking...

Hooray?

Posted by ShockD
@DAFTPUNK said:
BF3 nuff said
Pretty much...
Posted by SpartanAmbrose

This is great for people who still care about MW3. As for me, I'll be playing Battlefield 3 instead.

Posted by hazzard4123

YES!!!!

Posted by Funkydupe

Scald me with a steaming hot bucket of water.

Posted by DonPixel

Nicee I like this

Posted by crusader8463

I love seeing all the fair weather companies try to get back into the PC markets good graces now that it's taking an up swing.

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Wundaful, wundaful... Oh wait, Battlefield 3 exists.

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

Why is everyone acting like this is some sudden shift for Activision?

I took the feature being in BLOPS as a sign that it would be in all future COD games, MW-branded or not.

Posted by umdesch4

Can we get some kind of consensus that attempting to play MW3 on a PC strips you of all rights to complain about anything related to the experience?

Posted by DonPixel

@Fagballs said:

Back to resetting stats CoD4 style \o\

COD 4 PC, is the shit!!

Posted by zaglis

Can someone please explain whats the fucking point of dedicated servers if they are rent only and with no customization options? 

Posted by Ghostiet
@ds8k said:

...Virginia? I don't understand.

I think it might be a bite at the "people who care about it are virgins AND nerds" joke. But that might be a bitter, cynical and negative interpretation, just like Alex's article.

Oh snap.

Posted by SomeJerk

Demanding since MW2.. but.. they gave us that with Black Ops..? The Black Ops netcode was complete shit but the MW2 codepath was so much better off we should be fine with this.

Where's the BF3 PC 1080p 60fps trailer at btw, GB?

Posted by Alex
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Posted by Ghostiet
@Alex

Apologies then, I'm not American and there was no way in hell for me to get that reference, I think.

But hey, you brought that on yourself, being so cynical and bitter in those news posts.

Still want to have your babies, though.

Posted by darkjester74

Given the unlikelihood of Activision missing its planned November 8 release date, we can presume then that the game will be as secure and cheater-proof as it possibly can be by that date

 

Translation:   As broken, laggy, and exploit laden as every CoD launch before it.   Sweet.

Posted by Crono
Posted by Hailinel
@Ghostiet
@ds8k said:

...Virginia? I don't understand.

I think it might be a bite at the "people who care about it are virgins AND nerds" joke. But that might be a bitter, cynical and negative interpretation, just like Alex's article.

Oh snap.

It's a reference to A Miracle on 34th Street.
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Posted by Afroman269
@RE_Player92

Is this good news? Do PC players like Call of Duty?

They like to say they don't, but that game sells a good amount of copies or PC.
Posted by falling_fast

not like it made any difference to the sales of mw2, but ok, sure.

Posted by ryanwho
@Crono said:
@Alex said:

@Ghostiet: Actually, it was a reference to this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes,_Virginia,_there_is_a_Santa_Claus

But hey, you just go right on interpreting the most absurd thing you possibly can out of it.

Nice bitch-slap you handed out there, however obscure the reference may have been.
Hey now, everyone knew that story in the 1910s. Before that dumb Cottingley Fairy hoax stole the fire away.
Edited by falling_fast

@Hailinel said:

@Ghostiet
@ds8k said:

...Virginia? I don't understand.

I think it might be a bite at the "people who care about it are virgins AND nerds" joke. But that might be a bitter, cynical and negative interpretation, just like Alex's article.

Oh snap.

It's a reference to A Miracle on 34th Street.

it's a reference to this http://www.newseum.org/yesvirginia/

edit: oops, someone beat me to it :/

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