More than 60,000 supporters thus far have shown up to petition for dedicated “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” servers following Infinity Ward’s confirmation over the weekend that it would use a player-to-player matchmaking system, much like what’s used for Xbox Live and PSN play. The program, called IWnet, provoked responses from PC server supporters, eventually resulting in the petition directed toward Infinity Ward.
“Get Infinity Ward to review their decision not to allow fully dedicated servers for their forthcoming game release ’CoD:MW2,” the petition, titled “Dedicated Servers for CoD:MW2,” reads. “Remember that this ’Call of Duty’ was made popular by PC Gamers who have supported the series throughout.”
Infinity Ward’s community manager Robert Bowling confirmed for the BASH podcast that “Modern Warfare 2″ would opt for a more console-like experience during online PC play with their IWnet direction.
“We’ve been building up this system on the backend called IWNet to allow matchmaking for our PC users as well, just like you have on the console that’s built in on Xbox Live and PSN, but PC never had it, so we’re building in our own, you know, matchmaking so you can get in there and play with players your same rank,” Bowling explained. “You’re completely reliant on IWNet, and there’s no dedicated server or server list, so you rely on IWNet for your matchmaking on your games, but then you also have the private match, much like the other platforms, where you can go in and customise and, you know, turn off air support, turn off this, turn off that, customise the game rules all via private match, and invite people to the server that way.”
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