Report: Official Servers for Battlefield 3 Becoming Non-Existent

May 11, 2012 -

Polygon reports that official EA and DICE-run online game servers for the console version of Battlefield 3 are becoming nearly non-existent. Complaints about the lack of official servers for the game have been growing on Reddit, according to VentureBeat, who compiled an extensive list of complaints from players. Players attribute this to EA's move to rent out server space to players for $30 a month. But while player-run servers picked up the slack, EA and developer DICE apparently decided to cut back on the number of official servers available to players.

In recent "Ask me Anything" Reddit thread, DICE community manager Daniel Matros responded to concerned fans, saying that "there is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested [a rental program] and we delivered."

When another commenter on that thread raised the same concerns, Matros promised to bring up the issue within the company:

"I've heard this for a while now and the feedback has gotten louder. This is definitely something I will raise when I get back into the studio tomorrow."

Polygon points out that they were unable to find a single official server on the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3 run by DICE or EA.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Polygon


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Re: Report: Official Servers for Battlefield 3 Becoming ...

Saw the reply to this question already. It seems that the official servers are there, its just that they have been rented and custom rules are running on them. http://www.shacknews.com/article/73778/ea-explains-lack-of-official-dice-servers-for-battlefield-3

Re: Report: Official Servers for Battlefield 3 Becoming ...

If only there were a way to do P2P on the consoles such that a server wouldn't go down. Since it's always on, maybe call it something like Live?

Bed. Made. Lie. EA.

 

Re: Report: Official Servers for Battlefield 3 Becoming ...

All the more reason you let people host....


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Re: Report: Official Servers for Battlefield 3 Becoming ...

I take that to mean "EA doesn't want to support this game any more to try to make you buy the next one."

And I don't blame them for complaining on Reddit and not the EA forums, since complaining there can get you banned from the forums AND your games.

Re: Report: Official Servers for Battlefield 3 Becoming ...

Hell, I created an origin account to raise my "concerns" with the way EA handles their process, and I couldn't even post.  They were filtering out the comments.

If I ever meet Suda51, I'm telling him to ditch EA pronto.  I've only bought EA games that he's directed, and only because his name is on the roster.  He's got an eye for quality, much more than EA does.  And EA could care less about him because he doesn't do the annual release bullshit that they love.

 
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