Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Steam required and no more dedicated servers or mods - Video update
After the release of Modern Warfare 2 has been confirmed for November 10, new information has been released: The game won't run without Steam and furthermore there will be no more dedicated servers or support for modifications.
Original article October 19, 2009
Instead of giving gamers the chance to create a dedicated server with individual rules, map rotations and mods, the developers decided to use the matchmaking application called IWNet. With this tool Infinity Wards wants to make sure that players with equal abilities are assigned to the same games. So called Private Matches are said to be allowed, but customization is still a big secret. Mod tools for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will not be available at first.
Users have already started a petition for dedicated servers in Modern Warfare 2. More than 50000 people have already signed this petition. Another petition that has been started directly in the Infinity Ward forum has been removed by the moderation. According to media reports the forums of the Modern Warfare 2 developer is in chaos already.
Nevertheless the petitions are unlikely to be successful since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will already be released on November 10, 2009. Nevertheless one might ask why Infinity Ward did wait so long before releasing this piece of information. There are already rumors that people in charge feared a negative impact on the pre-order business or wanted to prevent endless discussions before the game is finally released.
What it could mean to PC gamers if Modern Warfare 2 comes without dedicated servers has been summed up by the website Dotdosh. We listed the most important points:
• Matchmaking issues (players can't choose servers freely anymore)
• Higher latencies (the player himself is the server)
• No more big games (because of high latencies and automatic matchmaking)
• More cheating (VAC does not have a good reputation)
• No more user created mods
• Map Packs and DLC will probably be charged
• No clan servers
What do you think about this? Use the comments to give your opinion.
Update: October 20, 2009
The news that Modern Warfare 2 won't support dedicated servers and mods has caused heated discussions all over the Internet. Some people have vented their anger about the decision in a quite creative way. On Youtube someone posted a video that shows a well known scene from the movie Der Untergang (Downfall) that has been assigned with new subtitles about the recent changes in Modern Warfare 2 politics.
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