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Modern Warfare 2 PC: No Dedicated Servers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 120 comments

PC gamers won't like this.

One of the greatest things about PC gaming is that people can set up dedicated servers for multiplayer matches. None of that silly peer to peer stuff that might give the host an advantage, not to mention that dedicated servers typically have connections that are capable of supporting a greater number of players with smooth and stable results.

Unfortunately, it seems that Modern Warfare 2 won't be having any of that. Joystiq heard on the from Infinity Ward's Ryan Bowling on the Bash and Slash podcast that matchmaking within Modern Warfare 2 would be reliant on proprietary server technology (called IWNet), and wouldn't allow users to host their own dedicated servers.

While those playing COD4 on the Xbox 360 and PS3 have plenty of fun without the need for dedicated servers, there's still a lot to be said for having dedicated clan or local servers where everybody knows your name.

There's a big petition thread going on in the official forums. Click here to check that out.

On the bright side, the PC version isn't delayed.

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    fulle , October 19, 2009 9:51 PM
    Yeah, its not delayed but with no mod support and no dedicated servers, its basically a glorified console port. Fuck you, IW. Way to spit in the face of the players who helped make the COD franchise popular.
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2009 9:50 PM
    well I won't be buying it then. guess I'll be sticking with CoD4.
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    Hellbound , October 19, 2009 9:53 PM
    Because of this, I canceled my pre-order. I wont be purchasing the xbox or ps3 versions either.

    Many of us have signed a petition asking for dedicated server support. Link located here --> http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?dedis4mw
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2009 9:50 PM
    well I won't be buying it then. guess I'll be sticking with CoD4.
  • 34 Hide
    fulle , October 19, 2009 9:51 PM
    Yeah, its not delayed but with no mod support and no dedicated servers, its basically a glorified console port. Fuck you, IW. Way to spit in the face of the players who helped make the COD franchise popular.
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    Hellbound , October 19, 2009 9:53 PM
    Because of this, I canceled my pre-order. I wont be purchasing the xbox or ps3 versions either.

    Many of us have signed a petition asking for dedicated server support. Link located here --> http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?dedis4mw
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    Shadow703793 , October 19, 2009 10:00 PM
    WTF?!?!?! ARE YOU F*** TRYING TO MAKE THIS MORE LIKE 360/PS3 on the PC!???!? I was hoping to have a good time on a private server with me friends.... this is pure cr@p. Guess like no MW2 for me eh? HOPEFULLY, Crysis 2,etc won't do this.

    PS: Sorry for the all caps, I was really pissed.
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    doomtomb , October 19, 2009 10:00 PM
    Is this just another rumor or no?

    Seems like they are taking the old CoD 4 formula is screwing it to hell.
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    gladiator_mohaa , October 19, 2009 10:06 PM

    Well, Infinity Ward has proven they have lost there way! No dedicated server in Modern Warfare 2 and they think I will pay 10 dollars more for their version of e harmony gaming to play people they think I will match best with? I play to game to kill communist, not join a communist social network! Are they crazy? I won't be buying this game anymore.
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    brendano257 , October 19, 2009 10:07 PM
    Well obviously 360/PS3 is everything that's right with gaming...I mean they don't have real communities...there isn't more than 16 to a server, every game costs $10 more than PC...you pay a measly $10 here and there for EVERY map expansion pack, whats to hate?
    /sarcasm
    F*** YOU IW.
    /serious
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    Ogdin , October 19, 2009 10:10 PM
    probably a jerk reaction to all the pirated servers that where running cod4
  • 20 Hide
    kyeana , October 19, 2009 10:10 PM
    Bull. Here is one more who wont be purchasing it
  • 19 Hide
    blackbyron , October 19, 2009 10:14 PM
    lets have modern warfare 2 maps on cod4 instead.
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    breethon , October 19, 2009 10:15 PM
    Add me to the list of non-purchasers too. Ridiculous. It is all in the name of getting more $$. Too bad, I loved COD4. Where is Battlefield 3 at?
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    one-shot , October 19, 2009 10:15 PM
    It looks like COD MW1 is here to stay.
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    rippleyhakd , October 19, 2009 10:16 PM
    OK, Thanks.. No need for purchase from me then.. And oh man, i planned on a ati 5870 and 3 monitors.. BUG THAT..
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    fausto , October 19, 2009 10:16 PM
    they fucked up big time on this, a console port for pc gamers? that is bullshit. the game just went from definite buy to wait and see status...
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    rippleyhakd , October 19, 2009 10:16 PM
    OK, Thanks.. No need for purchase from me then.. And oh man, i planned on a ati 5870 and 3 monitors.. BUG THAT..
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    griffed88 , October 19, 2009 10:21 PM
    gives me another reason to skip this game...that and fricken punkbuster never works right. Looks like TF2 and CS:S will be providing my team based multiplayer fps needs for a long time coming
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2009 10:27 PM
    The PC version not being delayed is not good news. It means we get are guinea pigs for this bullshit IW.net
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    jerreece , October 19, 2009 10:28 PM
    I was really, really looking forward to this game. And honestly, was really looking forward to getting back into the dedicated server FPS scene. I used to play with a clan back in the Medal of Honor days ALL THE TIME. I haven't been involved in online FPS gaming for quite a while. Have enjoyed FPS offline, but it's nothing like the constant fun involved with playing on a team of the same people with regularity.

    I'm extremely disappointed in hearing this. Frankly, if it's going to be the once and done single-player game that COD4 was, I'm probably not going to be asking for it for X-Mas after all. No point in asking my wife to spend $50 on a game I'm going to play for 3-4 hours and be done with.
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    jd_2020 , October 19, 2009 10:29 PM
    ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› IW and MW2
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    steiner666 , October 19, 2009 10:33 PM
    Ok, so this is really, really dumb. This will kill the PC sales. ppl will just pirate it and find some workaround to be able to play online, and in the end Activision/IW will blame piracy and stop releasing future titles on PC because of it, when in reality it was only their own stupidity.
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