Fans who are hoping to browse for servers in the new Battlefront video game from Electronic Arts and DICE will be out of luck, because that won't be happening.
According to community manager Sledgehammer70 on Reddit, the game will not feature the ability to browse servers, but there will be a new matchmaking system that is designed to match online players based on several variables.
As expected, this did not go down well with several members of the game's SubReddit, and it caused a lot of complaining.
A server browser works great, as it allows players to select from a list of servers that provides different maps, individual modes and number of players, along with the ability to locate games with friends.
This cannot be done with simple matchmaking, which is the main reason why some fans are not in agreement with the move.
What some Redditors had to say:
Oligryan: "That's an absolutely retarded decision. I think I just threw up a bit in my mouth.
Holy s--t, what possible reason could they have to justify this?"
TheDanius: "This decision has the potential to completely destroy any prospects of my gaming community (and many, many others) adding Battlefront to our officially supported games and that we recruit for."
In some ways, we can understand why EA and DICE have chosen to travel down this road. You see, Battlefront is not a game for hardcore gamers; it is a game for the casual, and the millions of Star Wars fans.
Having a server browser might confuse some. If a casual player is unable to find a game via the Quick Play option that is home to many players, he or she might not know how to navigate the browse server section to find the perfect game.
Another thing, Battlefront needs to be different from Battlefield, and this is one way to make it happen.
All in all, it shouldn't be much of a problem if the server browser feature is there or not. It is Star Wars: Battlefront, not a game that might require immense tactical decisions and not a game for the hardcore. Just pull up your sleeves and jump right in; enjoy what the game has to offer.