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Infinity Ward On Dedicated Servers

by Evan Nov 3, 2009 10:26 PM CST
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Infinity Ward On Dedicated Servers

The 2 biggest controversies surrounding Infinity Ward's highly-anticipated upcoming first-person shooter, Modern Warfare 2, are the lack of dedicated servers for PC gamers and the rumored lack of Party Chat for Xbox 360 users. With just one week away from release it's unlikely we'll see anything change before then, which has a rather large group of gamers upset. Mackey McCandlish and Ryan Lastimosa of Infinity Ward recently took part in a live chat with the BestBuy.com community. Here's what they have to say about dedicated servers and their replacement IWnet:

TRU-Jennifer: Are you considering dedicated servers for the PC gamer in the near future?

Mackey-IW: Our main focus right now is on making sure the game will work well when it is released (on all platforms).

Ryan-IW: With balancing weapons, we strive to make sure each weapon recoils close to how it would in the real world. A good amount of us here at IW go shoot regularly and have hours of range time. The recoil we have in game is reflective to that of real steel firearms.

Porschy: Will you guys ever rethink about making a possible dedicated server patch after the initial launch? BTW I LOVE U GUYS <3

Vince-IW: We feel the PC game is great in it's current form. We put a lot of work into IWnet in an effort to make the PC experience better for our users. If there is a need for somthing more in the future we will address as needed.

Ryan-IW: The one level that EVERYONE loved in Cod4, All ghuillied Up, Is there a level similiar to it? or better worded, is there a sniper level haha? On November 10th, you'll see what we have in store for you! It's gonna be one **bleep** of a ride.

rnrmusic55: you said IWnet was created to help stop piracy, what do you say about the Xbox 360 version leaked and shared on torrent sites?

Vince-IW: IWnet was designed to make the MP experience on PC easier and more balanced.

Stringarray: Will IW ever consider developing games on the PC to support dedicated servers, be it MW2 patches or future endeavors? Just curious if dedicated servers are on the radar anymore.

Mackey-IW: Our goal is to provide the best experience for our users, so nothing is ever "off the table". We are always evaluating our options.

thajuggaloz: Is there a possiblity IW will release Dedicated Servers in a future patch? I am in a large international COD clan and IWnet/9vs9 will be impossible for us as a group to play together.

Vince-IW: We can't predict the future... yet.

Mackey-IW: To sportfan91 We are currently focused on launching the game.

krm2014: Will the IWNET multiplayer system compensate for the undoubtly low ping that the host computer will have for the other players, or will the host have an advantage over the other players? Also, going back to clans...Is there a way to have more than 18 people in a server, because my clan has at least 100 members and we like to get 20-30 on our servers at the same time.

Mackey-IW: Games cap out at 9v9. The software has great latency tolerance. See above!

maniac1969: Vince, there are 178,000 voices that say you need dedicated servers for the PC. COD4 is the bigest online game in history! Why in the world would you take away dedicated servers and change the whole MP experience for us? And Mackey, the PC version with dedicated servers is already the best experience the way it is!

Vince-IW: All I can say is that we changed it to make it a better and easier experience. Also, not all of the names on that list are legit.

Mackey-IW: 402 signed it 4 times I heard.

kaRMa: Please give me a direct answer. On the PC version. Are all games hosted by players, and is there a 5 second delay when host migration is in effect?

Vince-IW: yes.

N2DEEP: I run lan parties for PC, how will you be able to lan without internet access and no dedicated servers as you could with cod4?

Mackey-IW: We can play at work on our lan by doing private match and there is no lag.

will0812: Do you honestly think you have improved the PC version with IW.Net, you cannot claim the gameplay is smoother, as dedicated servers are much more efficient.?

Mackey-IW: Yes, we believe MW2 is better than CoD4:MW. The reason iw.net exists is to improve the gameplay for our users.

As you can see, things aren't looking good for those hoping for IW to implement dedicated servers anytime soon.  They also didn't address the Party Chat feature for Xbox 360 users (though the question wasn't even brought up by the community, so IW isn't fully to blame).  While Infinity Ward pretty much avoided going into detail on every question dealing with dedicated servers, they didn't downright deny the possibility of future patches that might include them.  As always, time will tell...

21 Responses to “Infinity Ward On Dedicated Servers”

  1. they pretty much avoided answering any of the questions that have anything to do with the dedicated servers…

    comment score: 9
  2. jneffekt on November 4th, 2009 at 3:38 AM
  3. maniac1969: Vince, there are 178,000 voices that say you need dedicated servers for the PC. COD4 is the bigest online game in history! Why in the world would you take away dedicated servers and change the whole MP experience for us? And Mackey, the PC version with dedicated servers is already the best experience the way it is!

    This!
    Seriously, how can giving you a lesser game be better for us? No mod or dedicated server makes it a better game? Oh, I see. It’s a direct 360 port so they can sell their DLC(map packs) to us and cut out server providers which actually support clans.

    Watch this version pull a Need for Speed Shift and try to connect to PSN and Xbox Live because they were to lazy to give PC gamers an actual PC game.

    Pitty, the people who made them who they are are left eating shit and getting an awesome game with poor execution. I will not buy your PC version, that also comes priced as a console version, but instead I will support whatever pirate group out there and hope next game your company burns.

    Yes I’m bitter, and they funny thing, I’m a console gamer now with a huge PC gaming background but fair is fair.

    comment score: 10
  4. Nate on November 4th, 2009 at 3:47 AM
  5. I hope its not a direct port, I want to lean ;)

    comment score: 5
  6. aRiflip on November 4th, 2009 at 5:59 AM
  7. I gotta agree with you nate. I have been PC gaming since heat.net with quake 1. Through all 4 Quake games, all the Unreal Tournament games, half-life 1-2, COD1,2,4(only IW cod’s) and through them all, the one thing that kept me playing and kept the community’s thriving was the fact that we had a dedicated server somewhere near us that we could all ping 20 or 30 to. Add to that the robust modding community for ALL of the games I mentioned and it is no wonder that EVERY single one of those games is still played today in one form or another. IW has pissed all over the PC community that made them what they are, and because of that MW2 will die as soon as the next console iteration is released. Where as COD4 will still be played years from now due to custom maps, dedicated servers, community mods and all the things that differentiate PC games from console games. What’s sad is that MW2 looks amazing and I really want to play it, but IW isn’t getting any of my money for any of the platforms. IWnet WILL NOT be better in ANY way. The fact that they won’t give a straight answer to any of the questions they were asked just means that Infinity Ward has officially SOLD OUT. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    comment score: 9
  8. end3rbr0 on November 4th, 2009 at 6:33 AM
  9. At least DICE Love us…. goodbye Infinity Ward was nice knowing you

    comment score: 6
  10. Oldgamer on November 4th, 2009 at 6:44 AM
  11. ..right from those early days btw

    comment score: 3
  12. Oldgamer on November 4th, 2009 at 6:45 AM
  13. listen up peeps!!

    we can all be pretty certain the agenda behind this is $$$, no surprise, nor is it a surprise that history shows us that as consumers we do not take serious action when these marketing strategies happen. We always accept it.
    Well, its time to make that statement that we will not support these strategies.

    Fight for your Right!!!!

    comment score: 6
  14. Marley on November 4th, 2009 at 7:23 AM
  15. GUYSSS!!!, PLZ STOP TALKIN ALL THAT CRAAP! YOU KNOW YOU WILL STILL GET THE GAME CUZ YOU KNOW THE GAME WILL ROCK!!!!!!, JUST LIKE MW1 DID FOR 2 YRS. YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT BUT, COD IS COD, AND NOBODY HAS BEAT THEM YET N YOU KNOW IT. BUUUT!! WHAT THEY REALLY GOT TO WORRY ABOUT IS………..(BATTLE FIELD BAD COMPANY 2). THAT GAME LOOKS SICK!!! BESIDES THAT, NOTHING ELSE. INFINITYWARDS DNT WORRY U GOT DIS!!!

    comment score: 0
  16. FALLEN-ANGEL7 on November 4th, 2009 at 10:10 AM
  17. [...] [via BraveNewGamer] [...]

    comment score: 0
  18. Nukem on November 4th, 2009 at 11:24 AM
  19. [...] Here’s some highlights from the chat, just the bits about the server issues, courtesy of Brave New Gamer. [...]

    comment score: 0
  20. VG247 » Blog Archive » Infinity Ward: MW2 dedicated server petition suspect, server capped at 9v9 on November 4th, 2009 at 11:24 AM
  21. [...] out the full Q&A here at bravenewgamer. AKPC_IDS += "16150,"; Share and [...]

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  22. Infinity Ward Suspects Server Petition Fake & MW 2 Capped at 9v9 on November 4th, 2009 at 12:12 PM
  23. [...] hopping mad at Infinity Ward over the lack of dedicated servers in Modern Warfare 2 might want to skip this story. The studio has responded to a number of fan questions surrounding the controversial decision, and [...]

    comment score: 0
  24. This Gen Gaming » Blog Archive » IW Responds to MW2 Petition, Servers capped at 9v9 on November 4th, 2009 at 12:55 PM
  25. So…when he says “9vs9″…is he kidding? That had better not be the cap for PC. I think I’m just going to cancel my pre-order and get l4d2 or BC2

    comment score: 4
  26. Chad, American on November 4th, 2009 at 2:46 PM
  27. Well looks like Medal of Honor Airborne all over again. EA tried this crap and the pc version died in 30 days. I’ve been gaming since Atari and arcades came about. Yes I am a mature 39 year old gamer. I have seen consoles come and go. I watched arcades become a thing of the past. Consoles have stole the market purely due to money and the ease to con kids into new controllers etc. As one person said COD4 is alive and well due to mods, the community etc. Well thats exactly what they don’t want. Longevity in a game is not desired. Burn out is the overall goal of these greedy SOB’s. Chalk another one up to the ultimate American GREED machine. First they take down our economy now they want to keep us on a leash with the only fun we have (some of us) after a longs days work. You have to hit these companies where it hurts. If you keep buying consoles and console games they will keep selling them to you and the PC will be what it is today or worse (taking a backseat). I doubt gaming on a pc will die because to many hardware vendors are geared towards the gamers. Actually Microsoft is kicking their own ass with the Xbox. Sell more Xbox consoles and less versions of windows. I will not buy this and nor will I ever endorse a console sale in anyway. Its a business mans dream to lure people into the console arena. Your stuck with the same ole game… limited community… and no longevity. Screw you Infinity Ward. Welcome to America the Capitalist Nation of Corporate Greed.

    comment score: 3
  28. Get Real on November 4th, 2009 at 9:31 PM
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    comment score: 1
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  32. uberVU - social comments on November 4th, 2009 at 10:18 PM
  33. here is a very good reason to never ever buy a console

    http://www.n4g.com/gaming/News-422574.aspx

    comment score: 0
  34. dreamhunk on November 4th, 2009 at 11:42 PM
  35. They legitimately believe that IWNet = more fun. I tend to agree. When I play on PC, sure I play on dedicated servers. Do I look for one with a particular community? Do I look for gamers of a similar skill level to myself? No, I look for the one with the lowest ping. Honestly, I believe that’s what most gamers do. Yes, IWNet will mean slightly worse performance. However, IW believes that the benefits outweigh that single flaw.

    comment score: 1
  36. Procles on November 5th, 2009 at 12:03 AM
  37. Honestly, it all boils downs to piracy. The reason that IW doesn’t want to give PC gamers the dedicated servers is because they can manipulate the servers to where any player can join, valid cd-key or not. Multiplayer has always been a big part of FPS, without that you don’t get the whole experience. So IW locks out the multiplayer and forces pirates to buy the game. Jack Sparrow is going to have to pull out his coin purse if he wants to play MW2 multiplayer.

    comment score: 1
  38. Jared on November 5th, 2009 at 1:11 AM
  39. Revolt!! i mean mod for cod1 XD

    comment score: 0
  40. d13b1tchd13 on November 5th, 2009 at 1:54 AM
  41. Porschy: Will you guys ever rethink about making a possible dedicated server patch after the initial launch? BTW I LOVE U GUYS <3

    Vince-IW: We feel the PC game is great in it's current form. We put a lot of work into IWnet in an effort to make the PC experience better for our users. If there is a need for somthing more in the future we will address as needed.

    "something more"? nope, not more. just the usual dedicated servers will do.

    bunch of PR cocksuckers …excuse my french, but their attitude is plain and simple infuriating me.
    I found utterly disgusting the attitude and the way they avoid real answers.

    comment score: 0
  42. cracanata on November 5th, 2009 at 9:49 AM

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