DICE and EA have removed almost all of the official online servers forBattlefield 3on consoles. According to reports from the game’s community, the only way many people can still play the multiplayer portion of the game is through private servers, which can be rented for $30 for 30 days.
Battlefield 3’s faithful first noticed the dropping of official servers once the rental option was made available, which has caused a bit of a kerfuffle amongst the dedicated players. In anAsk Me Anythingon Reddit, DICE’s community manager Daniel Matros was confronted about the issue. When faced with complaints about the new practice, Matros responded, "There is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested [a rental program] and we delivered."
Of course, whether or not leaving the game’s servers in player hands was a good idea is debatable. Certainly there were still some die-hards skeptical of the practice. Matros was asked if the official servers would be offline permanently, and said, “Everything in the wonderful world ofBattlefieldis dynamic.” After more questions arose surrounding the rent-a-servers, Matros let the fans know he would be taking the issues to the devs. “I’ve heard this for a while now and the feedback has gotten louder,” Matros stated. “This is definitely something I will raise when I get back into the studio tomorrow.”
How much longer this situation will last is unclear at the moment. DICE is aware of the issue, but whether they intend to bring the official servers back online remains to be seen.
Of course this comes after the fact that I ended up picking up a copy for under 20 bucks to play with the guys from Dadshideout.com but not going to happen unless someone coughs up the money to play online. To be honest I think this is the ploy EA will take with most of their games. Think about it you buy a game used now they don't have to worry about "Season's Pass" they can just charge you for a multiplayer server. No way around that if they were to do so.