Dice have confirmed that Star Wars Battlefront will not feature any server browsers like that in Battlefield games, but instead use a “new skill-based matchmaking system” to match players.
This will definitely disappoint a lot of players, especially PC gamers, who like to choose their favourite servers for the communities, gamemodes and maps over others.
EA Community Manager Sledgehammer70 made the announcement on Reddit, saying “Star Wars Battlefront will not offer a server browser, but will utilize a new skill based matchmaking system.”
Naturally people were not too fond of this decision, with user AzurewynD saying:
“Server browsers have been a staple feature of Battlefront and PC FPSs in general for a long time. They foster a sense of community, camaraderie, and identity while enabling players to find communities that suit their style of play. This aspect is vital for the health of a casual FPS playerbase that enjoys seeing familiar faces and sharing in the collective experiences of a persisting server community day after day.
“You just gave a lot of people who were likely sold on this game a big reason to hesitate.”
Another user, Morshmodding, pointed out that the removal of rented servers does not give players the option to continue playing once EA inevitably do shut their servers down.
Another thing to remember about server browsing is that it allows players to search for servers based on ping, and good ping is one of the most important things for people to enjoy an online FPS.
This decision is definitely not the right move. While it might be ok for console gamers, being able to choose what servers you play on has been one of the most important aspects of playing FPS games on PC, and that choice has been a major reason why Battlefield has been so popular on the platform. Hopefully they will see the light before release and sort this, because they are losing players over it.