Brink to Have Standalone Dedicated Server for PC
The launch of Brink is just two weeks away, and we’re looking forward to it immensely. My personal excitement went up a couple of notches today as Bethesda announced that the game will feature a fully customizable dedicated server.
Dedicated servers have always been a big part of PC gaming. Games like Battlefield 1942, Counter-Strike, and Unreal Tournament all had dedicated servers that could be download for free and used to host a server with the settings you wanted. More recent titles like Left 4 Dead offered the same functionality.
Over on the Bethesda Blog, there’s a FAQ post giving some details about the dedicated servers. Here are some important points.
- It’s free, and will not require a full version of Brink to be installed.
- It will be available from the ‘Tools’ tab of Steam prior to Brink’s release.
- It will include batch files that will allow you to run multiple server instances on one machine, using automatically assigned ports or custom port settings if you desire.
- You’ll be able to set not only game modes, but also things like team size, time limits, rank restriction, friendly fire, and more.
- Hosting companies will be able to offer servers for Brink as well, just in case you want to buy one from a provider.
It’s great to see a company that’s pledging support like this to PC games, and it helps disprove the notion that “PC games are dead.” We all know they aren’t, but that hasn’t stopped people from saying so. It shouldn’t be a huge surprise to PC gamers, as Splash Damage’s last game, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, offered much the same support.
At any rate, it makes us happy. So, the big question is this: will this sell more copies of Brink on the PC? We’ll have to wait and see.
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