Dedicated Servers Mean Call of Duty: Elite for PC May Be Different Than for Consoles
Activision’s upcoming free-and-subscription-based companion service for Call of Duty players, Call of Duty: Elite, is currently in beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops players — but only if their on console.
PC support wasn’t included in the beta, and it seems as though there might be an answer as to why floating around. On his OneofSwords blog, Activision Social Media Manager Dan Amrich discussed what might be holding back the PC version of Elite: dedicated servers.
The trouble, as Amrich relates it, is that playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (the game into which Elite is deeply baked) on PC gives players access to dedicated servers, which allow players a ton of freedom as to how they want to play the game. However, Elite is all about stat-tracking, leaderboards and in-game and meta-game competitions — so if no one is playing by the same rules, necessarily, because they’re altering those rules by playing on dedicated servers, then Elite fundamentally breaks down.
According to Amrich, that doesn’t mean that a PC version of Elite is dead, but Beachhead Studios, the developer taking point on the Elite service, is working on a way to adapt it to fit PCs. He also points out that Blizzard’s way of solving that problem with Battle.net is to close off the ecosystem so that Blizzard can control the way the game is played to keep things fair.
So as to what will happen at MW3′s launch, which is also the launch of Elite, for PC players — Amrich doesn’t know. It seems that Beachhead probably doesn’t know yet, but they’re searching for solutions. But it also seems possible that Elite for PC gamers could be a different thing than what console players experience.