Carmack: Rage may drop dedicated servers too

Written by Joe Martin

November 6, 2009 // 11:07 a.m.

Tags: #carmack #dedicated-servers #id-software #modern-warfare-2 #mw2 #rage #support

id Software's John Carmack has said that upcoming shooter Rage may well follow Modern Warfare 2's precedent and recede support for dedicated servers too.

Speaking to Variety, Carmack said that the idea wasn't definite at this point and that the team at id Software would be watching Modern Warfare 2 carefully to see how well the idea of using listen servers might work.

"It's not cast in stone yet, but at this point no, we don't think we will have dedicated servers," Carmack said.

"The great thing is we won't have to be a pioneer on that," he added. "We'll see how it works out for everyone else."

Of course, the idea may not work out very well for Activision - who are facing stern criticism from PC gamers, 184,000 of which have signed an online petition campaigning against IWNet, Infinity Ward's system for managing multiplayer.

Many of the complaints stem from the fact that IWNet removes the capability for user-generated content and forcing players to rely on a P2P matchmaking system that may not perform as stably. Yesterday Infinity Ward announced the maximum number of players had been culled in Modern Warfare 2 as well.

On the plus side, Carmack did say that Rage was on-track for a 2010 release on PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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