So the weekend brings with it news both good and bad. The good news? It’s been announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops will support dedicated servers. The bad news? Those servers will only be available through GameServers.com. Activision and Treyarch have decided to partner up with GameServers.com to correct the mistake made by Infinity Ward last year, not offering dedicated servers was just idiotic.

“Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game,” says Treyarch Community Manager Josh Olin. “But for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com.”

GameServers.com’s pre-order page is boasting:

Instant Server Activation (on release date)
No Setup Fees, Cancel anytime, 5-day Refund Guarantee
Billing period does not start until servers are activated
24 Player Max (Unranked), 18 Player Max (Ranked)
Reserve your location by preordering your COD Black Ops server now

Ranked servers will cost $14.95 a month for an 18 max player limit, while unranked servers cost $0.99 per player for up to 24 players.

“If you rent a server, you will still have the ability to Kick, Ban, and Configure it the way you see fit,” Olin added. “Of course Ranked servers will have some set configurations that can’t be messed with; but you will still have the power to administrate your servers as a customer of GameServers.”

This sets a rather nasty precedent, it gives us a hint that the Call of Duty franchise will never again see unrestricted dedicated servers. While its a step up from Modern Warfare 2’s complete lack of dedicated servers, I still think that players not having complete control over their server is going to make PC gamers slightly angry.

Call of Duty: Black Ops ships November 9th for Xbox 360, PC, and PS3

– Nick Barker (Dr Strange Lulz)

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