It seems that EA and DICE have, very quietly, been taking away official servers for the console versions of Battlefield 3. Worse still, it looks like they're replacing them with servers that fans have to pay for.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Battlefield fans could "rent" their own servers for $US25-30 a month. Seemed like a good deal, especially when it lightened the load on the actual EA and DICE servers.
Yet searches now find that almost every server is one of these rented ones. Which is a problem, because the rules on these servers can be all over the place; those wanting a straight, official game are finding it tough. It's also an issue because it sure makes it look like EA and DICE are passing the cost of running this game onto consumers.
Pressed on Reddit as to why this is, DICE's Daniel Matros said "There is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested [a rental program] and we delivered."
He did note later, though, that he would be taking the complaints back to DICE with him. Whatever that's worth.
Official DICE servers disappear from Battlefield 3 [VentureBeat]