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EA Withdrawing Non-Rented Battlefield 3 Servers

Rent me.

Venturebeat is reporting that EA are gradually pulling pretty much every ‘official’ Battlefield 3 server, leaving only a few remaining amongst those that gamers have themselves ‘rented’ as a means of playing the game online.

Renting a server costs $30 a month, and once you have control over one you can set your own rules. Thankfully, most of them are still open for others to join freely, even if the rules (and hosts) might not always be to your taste.

“Initially there were plenty of official DICE and EA servers running concurrently with the new private servers,” says the article, “however, console players have noticed the official servers disappearing, to the point where DICE-managed servers are no longer visible.”

Users are understandably annoyed.

“I haven’t played in over two weeks because of it,” said one in a question and answer session on Reddit, “abusive admins and 2000% ticket servers are everywhere and I can’t seem to find a normal server with vanilla BF3.”

Conquest mode, the mode that set up Battlefield, appears to be almost completely absent on the few remaining official servers.

Something tells me the rental system really took off, starting making lots of money and then EA saw there was little reason to keep the free, public servers running.

But perhaps I’m just being a cynical old fogey.

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64 Comments
  1. SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
    Member
    Since: May 2011

    what the fuck seriously!?

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 04:11.
  2. MICKY17
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    This is ridiculous. I do agree with the Reddit quote though, it is now extremely difficult to find any game with a sensible amount of tickets or variety. Come on EA please sort this out, otherwise I’m more than likely selling BF3.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 04:23.
  3. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    This is a stupid move!

    I hate joining servers that are run by douchy admins who kick you for ruining their streak or change you to lower team etc. I also don’t wanna play CQ on 4 hour server.
    If this is true, I will boycott EA games along with my current boycott of Activision.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 05:02.
  4. david24
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    this is ridiculous. they said it was going to happen from day 1, and only now people care? and besides, on PC at least its a huge improvement since it allows servers to ban things such as m26 mass, AT on infantry, shotguns, bolt action snipers and I’ve never once been kicked.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 06:24.
    • Youles
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      I don’t think it’s ridiculous to be annoyed. I wasn’t aware that the service was going this way, and I have been checking sites like this every day for years. Also, I don’t think it’s fair that we pay for a PS3 “online pass” (which isn’t really an online pass) and then still have to pay for a server too. EA are setting a precedence here and maybe taking a step closer towards pay-to-play monthly subscription gaming. Not good in my opinion.

      Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 08:35.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Yeah, i have to adamit that i too had no idea that the overall plan was to replace the servers with paid for ones – That’s not a practice i agree with. At all.

        Sure, add in the rentable servers so that those who wish to pay the money can play the game as they wish, that’s fine, but there should still be an option to play on the original servers with original rules.

        This is not what i signed up for.

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:20.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Indeed, or even after a reasonable timescale for an AAA game like after the 1st year, but surely not this early.

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:24.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        from youles comments it seems you think everyone has to pay? its not like that, as long as its a public server (nearly all are) the anyone can join 24/7 for free regardless of whether there’s admin on. I’ve only played with custom servers on PC and the maturity of admin seems to be fairly high.

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 16:15.
      • HoboCastro
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        @david24
        The point is we’ve already paid for servers not to have any independent admin, abuse or not. And yes they said it would happen eventually but in 7 months? That’s a deplorable. Also, if it’s in the game, no one should be banned for using anything.

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 17:31.
  5. hol
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Interestingly one of the dice dev team tweeted last night he got banned from a server for using the dart attachment lol.
    It’s no surprise about this really, 2 forums I regularly use have their own ps3 servers paid for by members & it works well generally, we leave them open for all too, acts like site promotion as the admins are fair in how it’s looked after.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 07:42.
  6. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    “Something tells me the rental system really took off, starting making lots of money and then EA saw there was little reason to keep the free, public servers running.”

    except they’re not really free are they?

    the whole online pass bullshit means the online mode is now effectively a paid for service.

    if all the servers are rented from players, they won’t need to charge for the online pass right?

    yeah, as if. o_O

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 08:11.
    • uncharted86
      Member
      Since: Jan 2012

      Not entirely true. The online pass is free for all new copies of the game. You only have to pay for the pass if you buy the game pre-owned.

      Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:06.
      • nofi
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        It’s not really free – it’s factored into the cost of the game.

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:32.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        but the fact remains they’ve put a price value on the multiplayer component.

        if that price isn’t for server upkeep, what is it for?

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:39.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        and that price has to be factored into the value of the game if you choose to sell or trade it

        Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:42.
  7. element666
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    That is disgusting! Especially that need an online pass!
    It beggars belief :(

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:01.
  8. justboy
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    So what does my “online pass” actually cover then?
    What happens if all player rented servers are for private matches? An unlikely scenario sure, but it could happen.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:14.
    • MICKY17
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      That is exactly what I thought. I know it’s a long shot, but what if no-one ever rented a server? There would then be no servers to play at all, thus rendering the MP and an online pass useless.

      Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:57.
  9. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    As Online passes are meant to cover server costs, that’s the line we have alwasy been given.. er.. hmmm.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:24.
  10. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I had noticed it has become a lot harder to find a server that wasn’t ‘bobs sexeh server – No noobs aloud!’, but i had no idea that they were actively withdrawing the official servers! That would explain why i wasn’t able to find a single one a couple of weeks back then!

    I have been a supporter of BF3 from day one (since playing it at eurogamer actually), but i just can’t get bahind this. Sure, add in rentable servers for freedom of choice, but don’t remove things that should be in any multiplayer game on the PlayStation – Official servers that are free to play on.

    Bad move EA, bad move.

    Comment posted on 11/05/2012 at 09:25.

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