The PC version of Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops will have dedicated server support, studio head Mark Lamia has confirmed with PC Zone magazine. Unlike Infinity Ward whose Modern Warfare 2 skipped them — and caused quite the ruckus in the process — Lamia sees no reason not to go that route.
“I think dedicated servers are excellent. I don’t see any reason not to see them unless… well, I just don’t see any reason not to. It seems people like them and we’re excited about what we’re doing right now.”
He explains further: “We do work very hard to reconcile the desire to manipulate and modify those dedicated servers with offering them the persistent experience and benefits that the console system provides.
“We’re working very hard to marry those two things, so people can run dedicated servers and also participate in the communal experience the console players get to have, given they’re all on first-party servers.”
Black Ops was recently dated for a November 9, 2010 worldwide release.