Modern Warfare 2, of course, done stepped in it with the dedicated-server thing. CVG talked with a producer and got less-than-assuring answers that Alien vs. Predator PC will support dedicated boxes, too.
In an interview with the Rebellion senior producer David Brickley, CVG pointedly mentioned that "There's been a lot of controversy this month surrounding Modern Warfare 2 and its ditching of PC dedicated server," and "Historically AvP is obviously a big PC game. How are you making sure you support the PC version and keep your community happy?
This is a title that we want to support for a long time to come. If it's not been announced yet then certainly the PC version will benefit from Direct X 11 features. That's one thing we can use to make sure that people who invest in the hardware will get the absolute best.
Uhm, yes, but the question was about dedicated servers, right? CVG pressed on with:
And it was originally a PC title so you can imagine the heritage and the need within Rebellion itself to make sure that people who still play and talk of that game are not left behind. And are you guys going to have those dedicated servers the community so clearly expects?
Well the one thing we can say is obviously running an operation like that is monumentally expensive. For the period the original was up, people who played that game got an incredible experience.
You know what the internet's like. We're obviously used to getting things for free over the years. I guess on our side the thing we're focusing on is whatever your set-up at home, you get the best possible experience from it. We're just trying to use our time and resources wisely.
We think we've got our answer here, but just to get it for the record, CVG asks:
CVG: So is that a yes or a no on the dedicated servers?
Brickley: As I said the game is still quite a way from release so I guess there are other things to be determined during that time.
Given three opportunities to talk about it, we'll take that as a "no".