Fourzerotwo has released PC-specific information regarding the features about the upcoming Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. While many of us have been dreading how dedicated servers are going to be handled, REJOICE! Dedicated servers are available without the need for third-party hosting!
Quoting 4 entries from the article:
Will Modern Warfare 3 have Dedicated Servers?
Yes! Modern Warfare 3 supported matchmaking as well as Dedicated Servers, allowing players to find and filter via an in-game server browser or set-up their own Dedicated Server for complete control, without being restricted by any 3rd party hosting requirements. If looking for a Dedicated Server to join, if you choose not to set up your own, you can filter and favorite by Ping, Map, Gametype, Hardcore Variants, Voice, Password, and many other options.
Will Remote Console (RCON) be available to server admins?
Yes! You'll be able to admin your server using RCON. We'll support all things you'd expect, such as Kicking & Banning players, map rotation, private chat to players, reloading the map, and more.
Does Modern Warfare 3 on PC support an in-game Server Browser? Can you also use matchmaking?
Yes! In addition to the public matchmaking system for finding Ranked public games, you can use the in-game server browser to find and favorite unranked Dedicated Servers to join, which can be filtered by a number of options mentioned above.
How is Modern Warfare 3 on PC handling anti-cheat?
Security is a major focus for Modern Warfare 3, especially coming out of Modern Warfare 2. We will be utilizing multiple methods of Anti-cheat and Security methods, including Steam's VAC system, CEG, and our own propriety methods implemented to provide multiple layers of defense in keeping online multiplayer fun, fair, and secure for all players without limiting the control they expect on PC.
While I'm sure that most of us will be collectively sighing in relief at this news, the article doesn't specifically state how LAN play will be handled... oh wait, there it is... quoting again!
Will Modern Warfare 3 on PC have LAN support?
There we go. I'm happy now. consulting with the holder of the credit card (my wife). Adding my own bit of interpretation here, Will MWEB Gamezone be putting up dedicated servers? YOU BETCHA!!!
Original Post: Yes oh YES! HERE IT IS!!!