gold release due March 2010 with PS3 Beta keys for December trial available now.
Dedicated PC Server support
32 Player Maps
guess where the competitive COD players are going..
xpd: Dedicated server... call it a "hosted server"...
slack0ne:xpd: Dedicated server... call it a "hosted server"...
I'd expect this isn't as bad as it sounds, it'll more likely be quite similar to how they ran things with BF2. Back then only 'trusted' providers could host servers that'd feed into the global stats/rank system while everyone else could still run regular servers. There wasn't any cost to the trusted provders in this case and the system was run fairly well by EA. For BF2 there were 3 providers from memory - Xtra, Orcon and gamers.net.nz - so there was no shortage of servers.