EA has finally responded to the complaints of Battlefield 3 players by returning several additional DICE-controlled servers to rotation on the game’s multiplayer. Last week, they removed the majority of official servers from rotation on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. From that point, players were only able to use privately rented servers that other players had rented or hope they could connect to a handful of EA-run servers. At the time EA went on to clarify that DICE-controlled servers were no longer appearing as available because they had been rented out to players. They said that they would add servers and reserve a percentage of these for hosting by DICE. So it appears that EA kept its word, but it seems like poor planning on their part, if they knew they were going to introduce this new rent-a-server feature then they should have had a plan for maintaining adequate capacity for official servers.
If you don’t want to worry about getting kicked off someone’s private server, its important to know that all official DICE servers are prefixed with “-[DICE]-” and end with a 5- or 6-digit code. Searching for “-[DICE]-” brings up the best results in the server browser, but beware there are still private servers that are attempting to use similar prefixes that may come back in the results. If you want to further verify that you are on an official DICE server you can click through and check that the owner is in fact listed as DICE. Official DICE servers also have the welcome message: “This is an official DICE hosted server. Enjoy your stay!”
So what do you think, are you digging the private servers or are you ecstatic that more official servers are back?
[source link=”http://venturebeat.com/2012/05/14/ea-returns-official-dice-servers-to-battlefield-3/”]Venture Beat[/source]