When Battlefield: Bad Company 2 developer DICE explained the details for the PC beta, criticism was drawn regarding the developer’s decision not to publicly release the dedicated server files for the game. Producer Gordon Van Dyke has now come out saying that these aren’t being released to “protect the game’s integrity on PC.”
Players will still be able to rent dedicated servers from providers that DICE have chosen. “This does not earn DICE a profit,” series producer Van Dyke said to Eurogamer. “But we will see where the game goes and support it post launch.” The move carries little difference from past methods of hosting servers in Battlefield games such as Battlefield 2 where players could only host non-ranked dedicated servers themselves while all ranked dedicated servers had to be rented from selected providers.
The PC beta begins on January 28th and ends on February 25. The full game hits stores on March 2 in North America and March 5 in Europe, with a demo somewhere in between.