Back in the day if a company made a decision about a game the only thing you could do is shut up and take it. In today's generation of gaming, gamers fight back using the power of social media and online petitions, where they can coordinate with other gamers the world around. After it was made apparent that Star Wars: Battlefront would not have a custom server browser gamers took their rage and put it where it counts: a petition.
Started by Perri Mitchell out of Gold Coast, Arkansas, the gamer puts his rage where his fingertips are and, with calm politeness, asks Electronic Arts and DICE to please consider adding back a server browser to Star Wars: Battlefront so that gamers can manually find and join official and custom servers as they please.
Mitchell states on the Change.org page...
Community servers, custom settings, playing with groups of friends, ping, player count, 24/7 servers and more, will all be made possible if EA adds a server browser into this game!
The announcement about the lack of server browsers came via a Reddit post on the Star Wars: Battlefront sub-Reddit by a community manager. It was later verified by the official Star Wars: Battlefront Twitter account.
The Twitter account did mention that the rage over the lack of a custom server browser was something that they would relay back to the higher-ups at EA and DICE.
For those that don't know, a server browser allows gamers to manually pick and choose which servers they join for a game. It allows users to search and find custom servers hosted by friends, rivals or clans, as well as pick from region exclusive servers that may be dedicated to communities in specific parts of the world. During the fallout of the news on the Star Wars: Battlefront sub-Reddit, a few Australian gamers mentioned that not being able to host and join custom servers in their region would mean that they could end up in some low-ping servers much to their detriment.
It is true that an automated matchmaking server severely limits the options and tools afforded to players when they play in multiplayer games. It also means that friends who usually join custom servers with specific administration rules won't be able to do so in Star Wars: Battlefront. This has led to a lot of gamers becoming disgruntled and frustrated with EA and DICE over the decisions that have been made regarding the game. As this article points out, some of those gamers decided to fight back by starting a petition to call out EA and DICE on possibly making the change and including custom server browsers into the game for PlayStation, Xbox and PC gamers.
To be completely honest I have no idea why Star Wars: Battlefront won't have a server browser and I have no idea what the benefit is for gamers to not have one available. The automated skill-based matchmaking tool can still be included in the game as an option, but it only seems like a step backward to remove the server browser.
The petition on Change.org only has just under 800 signatures as of the writing of this article. You can learn more about the petition by heading on over to Change.org.