CoD Black Ops Will Have Dedicated Servers and More
Infinity Ward spawned one of the bigger controversies in gaming last year when they announced the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would use peer-to-peer matchmaking in lieu of traditional dedicated servers. Thats a history that wont be repeating itself with Call of Duty: Black Ops, though, as Treyarch president Mark Lamia has confirmed theyre sticking with dedicated servers.
"I think dedicated servers are excellent. I dont see any reason not to see them unless... well, I just dont see any reason not to," Lamia said to PC Zone magazine (via CVG). "It seems people like them and were excited about what were doing right now."
Even still, Lamia also said theyre working on bringing some of the console matchmaking features to their dedicated servers, while maintaining the customizable nature of the dedicated server experience. "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," Lamia said. "Were 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 theyre all on first-party servers."
Meanwhile, CVG also reports that a new Black Ops preview in the Official Xbox Magazine reveals the game wont just have vehicles the player rides in, but can control entirely. This apparently includes the SR-71 Blackbird weve previously heard about (and which was previously unclear whether it was entirely in the players control or not), as well as helicopters that the mag "stresses" are fully controllable, which will even provide helicopter-vs-hellicopter air battles.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is launching on the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii on November 9.