In a bit of breaking news yesterday, Infinity Ward’s Community Manager Robert Bowling confirmed the existence of IWNet, a PC Call of Duty matchmaking service which will change the landscape of multiplayer for Call of Duty fans. The only problem? There’s not going to be any dedicated servers.
Traditionally, PC gaming is handled through servers that are managed by the players, but IWNet is set to change all that. According to Bowling, this service runs concurrently with Steam, but is managed by Infinity Ward themselves. Since IWNet is eliminating dedicated servers, this means that clans, custom map-makers and all those other “hardcore” folks will not be able to enjoy the same range of freedom that they’re used to with private server ownership.
As we’re well aware, any time that someone tries to alter some “tried-and-true” PC convention, it’s a veritable Pearl Harbor for those who are prone to over-reactions. The revelations around Modern Warfare 2’s PC presence have been meet with a wave of vitriol that is practically face-melting. Yesterday was even declared “Black Saturday” by a group of people who really, really need some fresh air.
As it stands right now, Infinity Ward has no plans to integrate any sort of dedicated server set up into IWNet’s architecture, and I seriously doubt that this is going to be a big concern for them going forward. Sure, the fans will rage now, and there’s a petition online that’s already reached 21,000 signatures, but the fact remains that most Call of Duty PC players won’t really notice the difference as long as there’s a party service in IWNet.
The response from the online community towards this has been stunning, like I mentioned above. I’m not bothered by this turn of events personally, but what about you guys? Were any of you planning on picking up Modern Warfare 2 for the PC, and what do you think of this news? Even if you’re not going to get the PC version, what’s your take anyways? Sound off!