Battlefield 3 dev DICE quadruples console servers

"We have heard your wish."

Battlefield 3 developer DICE has quadrupled the number of official servers for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers.

The move is aimed at placating gamers left unable to log on to standard Battlefield 3 games.

DICE previously allowed players to rent and customise its servers, reducing the number of vanilla matches available.

"We have heard your wish for more official DICE servers," a statement on the official Battlefield 3 blog reads. "As of now, we have effectively quadrupled them on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"Note that you will still be able to get quick matched into any ranked server. For the best results if you want an official DICE server, please refer to the manual server browser and enter 'DICE' as a search term. If you go to the Server information screen, all official DICE servers will have the owner set to 'DICE'. Remember that you can favourite servers that you like so you can easily find them again on your next session.

"Have a great gaming weekend!"

DICE should have no problems affording the new hardware - it sold more than 1.3 million subscriptions to season pass-style service Battlefield 3 Premium in just two months.

Eurogamer covered the issue in detail last month, as Jon Denton investigated How Fan-Run Servers Are Ruininng DICE's Game.

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