Official Battlefield 3 Servers Vanish as Rental Servers Take Over

Gamers wanted the ability to rent Battlefield 3 servers on PC and consoles. And eventually, DICE and Electronic Arts listened to them.

But if you want to play Battlefield 3 as it was originally released, on an official EA or DICE server, you might be out of luck — because it appears there aren’t really any left.

Users have had trouble tracking down official servers with vanilla BF3, they’re saying, and VentureBeat even took a minute to do a quick search for official servers — and came up with none from DICE and only about 17 from EA.

Community Manager Daniel Matros took to the Internet to answer player questions about the server situation, and offered this explanation:

‚ÄúThere is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested and we delivered.”

So basically, EA and DICE eliminated official servers in order to offer rentable ones. That seems like a dumb trade-off, really, but Matros also said he’d take the concerns back to DICE and that nothing was permanent.

Thanks, Develop.

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1 Comment on Official Battlefield 3 Servers Vanish as Rental Servers Take Over


On May 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Rentable servers for the PC side have loooooooooong been around, and I’d argue the player rented ones are far more popular due to their unique game settings. Whether they prefer a game with Friendly Fire on, no spotting, larger ticket count, etc., a PC player will turn to player-rented servers to play on. On PC the lack of official servers is a non-issue as we’ve been playing with player-owned/rented servers since the beginning of the franchise.