ID Software not planning on dedicated server support for Rage

"In a move likely to be unpopular, ID softare have announced that they do not plan on supporting dedicated servers in Rage"

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ID Software not planning on dedicated server support for Rage
raggeWhen I first heard about this, I thought that maybe ATI were resurrecting their legacy Rage graphics cards, but I must have been living under a rock for the past couple of years. It turns out that ID Software, makers of the classic Doom and Quake series' of first person shooters have been working on their upcoming title “Rage” since 2007, which is set to be released next year.
Having just watched promo video on ID’s Rage teaser site I can now definitely see why this is such a highly anticipated title. The graphics and gameplay look second to none and it seems to have a great story line. This is why this news post comes as quite a shock to me.
It seems that ID is looking to kill off the traditional dedicated server model of multiplayer online PC gaming in their latest release, joining the likes of Infinity Ward with their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 scandal. Ironically, ID’s original Doom was the first game to implement this networking model back in 1993 for LAN gaming.
In a setup similar to online gaming on consoles, Modern Warfare 2 will be using matchmaking technology powered by IWNET to deliver a peer-to-peer gaming experience for gamers. We don’t yet know what Rage will use, however it is bound to be a similar peer-to-peer setup.
Whilst this console styled approach to online gaming may seem like a good idea (and indeed, if you are a game producer it is definitely an attractive proposition), the hardcore PC gamers and game modders are the ones who will suffer. With all gaming traffic routed through a centralized system, peer-to-peer systems effectively cut off support for the third party game mods and communities which make the PC such an attractive platform for online gamers, and wouldn’t be able to run without having many unique dedicated servers.
Once they’ve cut off the free independent mod scene, the game developers are able to release their own paid-for mods and expansion packs as there is no competition, again, a lot like the systems in place on modern consoles.
It almost seems like Rage is being developed as a console game and then ported to the PC instead of the other way round. From the company that started the multiplayer FPS genre, that’s practically treason, selling out their existing fan base in order to cash in on console revenues.
You can read more about this on Chris’ weblog
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31-10-2009, 18:18:27

True enough.

31-10-2009, 19:00:27

have we got any prices??? or ideas of prices

ime saying 250-300

31-10-2009, 19:38:12


have we got any prices??? or ideas of prices

ime saying 250-300

$349.99 MRSP, which is £212, so expect to pay over £250 if it makes it to the UK.

31-10-2009, 19:41:09

I dunno. Might be £250+. I seen some crazy prices on just 275s @ Scan (what they actually had in stock). Think they were badged oc or summit tho.

£212-250 would be super sexy imo.

If the other rumors were true, I wonder if the limited availability of these will be true also. Didn't see any on sale stateside or uk yet. Launching is one thing, selling is another.

31-10-2009, 21:07:52

MSRP is $349.99 USD. It's almost cheaper to buy two GTX 260's. I'll be waiting for the GT300 series cards.

31-10-2009, 23:00:27

thats true why waste time and effort on a new GPU when the gt300's are coming out soon,but yer if its around that price ile be getting one after i sell my 4890

01-11-2009, 04:03:57

The card is merely a gimmick. It's a nice idea if u like the 275 and have issues having another card in the pc with it.

Price ? Yeah, bit obscene if u look at it as a progressive card, but it is a one-off (limited I think). One perhaps for eVGA fans and those u buy special editions maybe.

Compare to gf100 ? I wouldn't, if I wan't a new card, looking for sheer progression to what I have. Look at which point in the range scale I'm looking for and get that.

01-11-2009, 06:31:57

I suppose it's just another gap filler until the 300 series appears. But if Nvidia don't hurry up, people like BFG and XFX might start doing the same thing.

02-11-2009, 15:24:39

The likes of eVGA, XFX, BFG, ASUS etc already know what they're doing.

18-11-2009, 21:23:03

Wow! that looks cool. I think it is a good addition to the new cards

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