The news was announced over the weekend via the Twitter feed of Cesar Stastny, the studio's director of technology. Infinity Ward reinstated dedicated servers for the third entry in its series after ditching them in MW2, while Battlefield 3 developer DICE went as far as to offer console gamers a dedicated option alongside their PC brethren. The original Black Ops supported dedicated servers through GameServers. It's not clear exactly how things will work this time around. Treyarch's near-future shooter is due out this November - take a look at the new E3 trailer below for more on what to expect.
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New to Shacknews? Signup for a Free Account. And not just any old dedicated servers, oh no, ranked dedicated servers. The shooter series has been inconsistent with this feature widely desired by PC gamers, so good to hear it's locked down for the latest. Infinity Ward dropped dedicated server support in 's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, then Treyarch brought it back the next year in the first Black Ops. While Infinity Ward did support dedicated servers in last year's Modern Warfare 3, they were unranked, meaning you couldn't level up or unlock weapons playing on them. And here we are today, with everything you want. A Wii U version, though unconfirmed, is rumoured and highly likely. I'm sure people will still find something to complain about and turn this into a negative thread. Make new keys, find a different server, assault the brigands, board the enterprise, and meme the generator.
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PC gamers who spend hours online in first person shooters like to sign on to use dedicated server. This will be a big relief for fans of the franchise. The move made a lot of PC gamers very upset, although that didn't stop the game from becoming one of the best selling PC titles of that year. In , Treyarch offered up dedicated ranked servers for the original Black Ops. Infinity Ward did an about face and released dedicated servers for 's Modern Warfare 3, but these servers were unranked. That meant players could not unlock new weapons or level up in the game like they could in the console ports. In any case, this new development means that hardcore FPS gamers on the PC can enjoy the same ranked privileges in multiplayer as their console counterparts, with some added control over their server setups. Source: Cesar Stastny Twitter page.