Robert Bowling has confirmed that the PC version of Call of Duty is essentially ruined as far as multiplayer and customization goes. Let's get a quick rundown here of what Bowling said on the webcast.
• IW has control of the game
• IWnet servers will host multiplayer
• DLC will be a charged item for PC
• No dedicated servers
• Matchmaking system used to play with similarly ranked players
• VAC instead of PB
• Semi-capable password servers
• Semi-capable ad-hoc servers
• Competitive play is dead
• MW2 mods would not be possible (not directly stated/confirmed)
• Full integration into Steam
Feel free to take it with a grain of salt. But if it's true, PC gamers just got more than a bit screwed over.
Rob Bowling, community manager (Gamer / Geek / Creative Strategist at Infinity Ward...as he says on his Twitter page) at Infinity Ward was kind enough to join our panel on BASH today. He let us in on the news that IW was taking Modern Warfare in a new direction. The online game on PC has changed. Dedicated servers are out. IW.net is in.
This is a game changer and many of you may not be too happy. I for one will be willing to listen and try it out. It’s all I can do.
For the folks in our community that mod and map, the future does not look as bright as the past.
While VAC for cod6/Mw2 would be funny, I imagine 1 ban = global. Where are the mods, the competition mods even, this isn't console. Not only that, thanks to matchmaking you'll probably get to play a bunch of other cheaters. It should be dedi servers coming to console and not the other way around.
2, 3, 4, 5 & 9 suck the most! I hate the fact due to some fucking genius at Microsoft coming up with the idea of charging for minor additions to a game that every damned published calls these additions "DLC" packs & charge for them!