Among the folks who’ve been wondering where all the official Battlefield 3 servers have ran off to? Nowhere, really. You’ve just been renting and customizing them all, silly.
Since DICE debuted its rent-a-server service, it’s become all but impossible to find official servers, which has led players to believe that the people in charge went over to the dark side and have been throwing the weight of hosting servers completely on players’ shoulders (and wallets).
Things aren’t quite that dramatic.
An EA rep has explained to GameSpot: “DICE is not shutting down servers. If DICE-managed servers appear unavailable, it is because they have been rented and customized by players. DICE will continue to add servers and will reserve a percentage of servers for players who prefer to connect through DICE-hosted servers.”
Taking part in lengthy 1500 ticket matches is nice and all, but getting kicked for no other reason than showing initiative and whooping the host team’s butts is never fun. Perhaps the solution lies in the possibility to filter out rented servers?