Published on September 11th, 2010 | by CodCom
Black Ops PC: Dedicated Servers With a Catch
A few months ago, PC gamers got the welcome news that the upcoming PC version of the first person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops would support dedicated servers for online multiplayer, something that the previous game in the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, does not. However this week word came out that the dedicated server support for the game will be exclusive to one provider. Josh Olin, Treyarch’s community manager, says:
If players want to run a dedicated Ranked or Unranked server on the PC, they will have to rent one through GameServers.
Treyarch will be providing a fleet of ‘Day-1 Servers’ (through GameServers) which will be up and operational on November 9th. Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game, but for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com.
In return, David Aninowsky, CEO of GameServers.com says:
We are extremely excited about this unprecedented relationship with Activision to offer dedicated servers exclusively for Black Ops. We are placing a great amount of pressure on ourselves to ensure that we exceed any and all expectations.
This basically means that Activision Blizzard still wanting control over what kind of content is played on the servers and not allowing the development community to do as they please. For gamers, this means that there won’t likely be many if any mods much like Modern Warfare 2. The exception, though, is that there could be a possibility for a competition mode of the game, but that’s still, of first, last and only resort.
Players can rent ranked servers, which support up to 18 players, for $14.95 a month. Unranked servers can be reserved for 99 cents per player a month for up 24 players.