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Infinity Ward took a lot of flak from PC gamers over their decision not to include dedicated servers in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. With Modern Warfare 3, though, IW might be extending the olive branch.
"I can’t confirm anything yet, but right now we’re having conversations about dedicated servers, mod tools and post launch support," IW creative strategist Robert Bowling told GameFront. "I can’t give you an answer yet on what will be included. In Modern Warfare 2 we added IWnet, which was all about matchmaking–with the plan to eventually add in dedicated servers."
"My ideal philosophy on the PC is to have matchmaking for the 'mass.' Have matchmaking for the guys who just want to jump in, hit 'play game' and start playing. But let’s not lose that dedicated core audience that wants the dedicated server experience. We’re looking at ways to incorporate that into Modern Warfare 3. We’ve been listening a lot to our PC guys who have been very vocal since Modern Warfare 2 about what they want to see come back to our versions of the franchise."
It probably helps that Battlefield 3 is also coming out this fall. Infinity Ward doesn't want to cede the PC platform to BF3 by appearing less "PC friendly" than DICE. Therefore IW's at least going to talk up the possibility of dedicated servers and all that.