Right after I spoke about local servers and the ongoing battle, and right after I talked about clear issues revolving around the servers, EA and Battlefield have decided to shut me up. While Battlefield was not mentioned in my tirade against local servers, it’s a game that still boasts one of the largest and most active communities in South Africa. Their struggle for local servers has been ongoing since the announcement and launch of Battlefield 1 last year, and it seems all the petitions paid off.
Battlefield was not mentioned because this is a game where local servers are almost expected. It’s an FPS, how on earth do you plan to play a fast paced FPS with 200ms? “That’s hypocritical, Kyle. What about Overwatch?” Overwatch’s playstyle is unlike Battlefield and Blizzard have great netcode. Now that I think about it, I probably should have included Battlefield in my servers piece since South Africa won the ESL Nation’s Cup playing on European servers. Anyway, Battlefield servers are arriving on February 21st, so start rejoicing.
“Fellow Battlefield players,
We are thrilled to announce that we adding online game server support for our dedicated communities in South Africa, the Middle East and Hong Kong.
On Tuesday, February 21st between 08:00 and 13:00 UTC we will be introducing servers in these three regions for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Once deployed, players in or close to these new regions will now enjoy online Multiplayer with lower latency than previously experienced.
The three new datacenters will be based in Johannesburg, Dubai, and Hong Kong, respectively, and will utilise the same type of high performance server hardware as the other regions running Battlefield 1 game servers. “
As mentioned above, South Africa’s Battlefield scene is one of the more active ones around. The addition of servers will hopefully invigorate a scene which has not seen much love over the past few years due to the stagnant nature of the past two Battlefield expansions (BF4 and Battlefield: Badline) from an esports perspective.