Where Did All The Battlefield 3 Official DICE Servers Go on Console? DICE CM Answers

The biggest question we’ve been hearing from much of Battlefield 3′s console audience is, “where did all the DICE servers go?” This is in reference to the official DICE servers whose titles usually begin with ‘-[DICE]-’ and are usually centered around regular game rules and set-ups, providing a typical and expected Battlefield 3 experience which can be found in the console’s server browser.

With the introduction of the ability to rent private servers on consoles, players have noticed a steady decline in official DICE servers, meaning only rented servers, usually with tweaked game rules, are mostly visible. Battlefield 3 Global Community Manager Daniel Matros answers why in a recent AMA on Reddit.

“There is only so much physical space and digital space where you can have servers. The community requested an RSP programme and we delivered,” according to Matros. This makes sense, but at the same time, player should still be able to find servers that center around regular rules, set-ups and playlists that they’ve come to love. Luckily, Matros explains that DICE has taken notice of the feedback. “I’ve heard this for a while now and the feedback has gotten louder. This is definitely something I will raise when I get back into the studio tomorrow,” explains Matros.

When asked if the removal of DICE servers is a permanent move, Matros answered, “everything in the wonderful world of Battlefield is dynamic,” giving hope to those wishing for their return.

We await further word on the matter.

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  • Hol_Up

    They should make a filter that only shows official servers. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/consiliumetanimus Tom Sawyer

       They do. Its in the server browser “search” function. Just search for “DICE”. Unfortunately its all posers now, as all the REAL dice servers have been offline entirely for a few days now (click on a match and at the bottom right look under the “owner” field. If it says DICE its an official server).
      I cant understand how they allow people to impersonate official servers. That’s beyond lame.

      • RabidTurtle

         My clan server puts DICE in the name, but that is because it won’t fill up otherwise. Am I a bit ashamed that I do that? Yeah. But I have tried to fill the server by every other means. Regular tickets is in the title, I fill it up with popular maps (despite my hatred for Metro, I put it in the lineup, and occasionally put TDM in), and use admin powers to keep the server balanced while keeping clans together (the auto balancing in place really sucks at keeping your friends on the same side, something that BC2 was capable of doing…). Does not use a custom setting, though would probably be more popular if it wasn’t hardcore. Nothing I do gets any hits till I add [DICE] to the name. Then it fills up within 5 minutes – less if it is on Metro. Server title, description, and message all clearly mark it as my clan’s server, so there shouldn’t be confusion as to who owns the server.

        • An0n0musx

          Tell your stupid “clan” to not rent servers then..  if people dont want to join THEN THEY DONT WANT TO JOIN… PERIOD…  you guys are retards for having to disguise yourself as a dice server in order to get people in it… thats nothing less than pathetic.

        • Dkdusty

           well putting the name dice in wont make me join, I all ways look at the bottom of the server page to see the owners name of the server, if it is not dice or ea I won’t join…

      • Blander

        But you need to select the server to discovery that is a fake one….

      • Bob

        there are plenty of dice servers. if you search P24 in the server browser, u get bunch of servers that start with P24 (and bunch of other numbers after) those are official DICE servers…

        • Wasabi317

          K bob? You’re retarded. P24 is Official EA servers, not DICE, and they only have TDM and RUSH. Last time i checked Battlefield is CONQUEST imo. I want what i originally paid for which is Official DICE servers without the BS and Drama. Seems we need a rocket scientist to explain it. 

          • Jtr165

            This article simply points out that EA/DICE did exactly what everyone thought they did…they off’d their own servers and rented them to the public..every rented server meant one less official one…they never ‘added’ servers to the game, they simply let players adjust them with a fee…

            For conquest on PS3…i can find roughly 5 official servers at a time, be it EA or DICE run…all of which remain full and will even have a queue of 5 plus players waiting to get in…Ea’s will run nothing but conquest, Dice’s will mix modes…which people hate, and lets you get in a little quicker…

            It doesn’t really bother me, but i can see how annoyingly tedious it gets looking for a good server anymore…But there is no argument that this simply broke the quick match system entirely…which then leaves the skill system irrelevant…and yeah, the search thing is not a work around because imposters make fake server names just to get people to play in them…

            which troubles me…why are people willing to pay for a server, then have to give it default settings, just as they were when they were free…to get people to play in them?…isn’t that a sign that you shouldn’t be renting a server in the first place?…

    • RE777

       Actually they have a filter to show running games from Official EA servers, problem is that it never worked and with no official servers left it’s even more useless. If in fact they bring back official servers, I agree, there needs to be a way to filter official servers effectively.

    • Blander Rodrigues

      I TOTALLY agree!!!!

      But they are very smart, if they do that we would be sure of they strategy: not only earn more money with the rented servers, but considerely reduce the costs of maintenance of the official servers. Perfect world, but not for us, the gamers.

      I really love the game, but its too much greed for me.

    • http://twitter.com/darrenstwit darren

      Yep. I tweeted them this numerous times as did thousands of others. How did they reply? They shut down all the Dice servers.  Now we dont need a filter.  

  • http://twitter.com/UrMom306 UrMom306

    As much as I like the idea of rented servers with custom playlists…the thing that makes them dumb is all the crazy game setups (500+ tickets on Rush), it really takes away from the game modes.  My personal gripe is with any server that runs Rush with more tickets than normal.  The standard ticket count adds that tension where you have to arm the mcom before the tickets run out…with high ticket counts there is no challenge and the defenders rarely win those rounds.  Personally any high ticket server (especially Metro) is just a boosting orgy hah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002367454310 Jonathan Stoffregen

    simple..they got replaced by paid for servers -_-….and all of em are metro :(

  • ROCKMONEY

    QUICK ANSWER – THEY SOLD THEM ALL!

  • Arty

    they should also make it easier to report server admins that abuse their power twice in this past weekend two people i was playing with got kicked for playing well  there was no spawn camping no frag rounds, dart, vehicle destruction they were just simply doing well and it wasnt like some bs 80-4 or something like that they had 20-9 and like 24-12 around there  were on base A on seine with the tank destroying the adming in the opponents tanks and he backed behind flag A and could do nothing since they knew he was there

    • b33m3R

      If you read EA’s rules you find that server admins are not allowed to ban weapons from games or make any similiar rules. They can’t tell you not to use the dart, not saying the dart isn’t a problem and needs to be balanced, it is amd does, but they can’t kick you from a server for using one, regardless if they paid for it.

      • Zakrocz

        Except EA/DICE don’t enforce their own TOS

        • b33m3R

           Exactly, the problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodkills Blaine Reinsma

    They need to make a filter that shows only official EA/DICE servers and they need to take some of their servers back.  There still are still some official servers, but they are very few and hard to find.  I’ve come to hate the custom servers simply because there are way too many of them and I’ve lost the option to play on a normal server with all the normal rules with no immature admins and play the game it was meant to be played.  I like the occasional 500 ticket TDM but I want my normal Rush servers back.

    However, the whole idea of customized severs for consoles was partly an issue of greed – they wanted to shirk some of the server costs off onto the community. The more custom servers, the less money they pay each month for server fees. Its all about money at the end of the day, and I don’t wanna pay a monthly fee just to set up my own server just so I can have an all-normal Rush server that I could play on for free before the update. If they are gonna be charging $15 for DLC packs then they better pay for their own servers.

    • Bob

      there are plenty of dice servers. if you search P24 in the server browser, u get bunch of servers that start with P24 (and bunch of other numbers after) those are official DICE servers…

      • Dkdusty

         This is only for US Region. it is harder to find them in EU.

      • b33m3R

        THOSE ARE EA SERVERS. And there is a paltry offering of them. None of them are CQ, they are either TDM, SQTDM, RUSH OR SQRUSH.

  • NOFUN

    This is the stupidest thing they did.. Join and get kicked cant play it anymore. What about new player who doesent know anything about servers? When they quick joine they just get kicked. I bought an xbox to play this game because of input lag on ps3 and now this. And the aiming is still f*cked up. I tell you, they have no F clue on what they are doing. JESUS..

    • Ohioinfantry

      Aiming problem….owned this game from the beginning and never have had an “aiming problem” lol

  • Ricochet67

    Custom Servers = Modern Warfare PNP fail. I’m thinking Dice has lost their minds or they’ve managed to score tons of crack-cocaine with all the money they’ve bilked out of every 20 something in the world to make up for something that should have been possible AND free from the beginning. Gaming is starting to get ugly and it smells funny. Developers are greedy nuts and out of touch with reality.

  • Jaskdavis

    Sorry, I cant help but notice in the header pic the Engineers toe of his boot bends as he steps forward! This engine is so detailed!!! :)

  • 7franko7

    Greedy fuckups.They are selling everything, shortcuts,servers,dlc-s… and they screwed the game with shitty patch.

  • Gameguy21

    After you do that, Fix the damn lag and hit detection Matros!

  • blitz1904

    Thanks for the update.

  • Cogarfam

    This is exactly the reason I got rid of this game.

  • Ben616

    Feel free to use my xbox server..’Danger Zone’. Default set up, no rage kicking, no weapon bans. Rush/Conquest/TDM.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506000480 Wyatt Baby-Man Williams

      If you dont ban that M26 Dart cant do it.

      • b33m3R

        Unfortunately, banning any weapon for any reason is against EA rules.

        Server Administrators are in violation of the EA Online Terms and
        Conditions if they enforce server rules on ranked servers that prohibit
        or severely limit players from using any roles, kits, weapons, vehicles,
        or other features of the game while playing on their server.

        https://help.ea.com/article/bf3-rules-of-conduct

  • http://profiles.google.com/consiliumetanimus Tom Sawyer

    There are NO official dice servers at all anymore. Not one (on PS3/xbox 360). I went onto the server browser, searched “DICE”, and a large list of games showed up, ALL private servers, none “owned” by Dice. This has been the case the last few days. Initially after the update, there were dice servers, (a few dozen only) but they were difficult to find thanks to all the imposters (people who put -(DICE)- in their name), which is pretty lame that they even allow people to intentionally impersonate dice servers. Now there are none. Did they sell out the remaining servers? Did they just give up? WTF man, I dont want to get kicked every time Im on a roll! They took a great game, and “hobbled” it like Kathy Bates did to James Caan in Misery.

    • Bob

      there are plenty of dice servers. if you search P24 in the server browser, u get bunch of servers that start with P24 (and bunch of other numbers after) those are official DICE servers…

      • Adam

        Those are all US servers, they’re useless to us EU players. There isn’t a single official DICE server based in Europe left. I’ve checked every day for nearly a week. There’s about 2 in Asia, 1 in Australia and the rest are dickheads impersonating DICE servers.

      • Adam

        Those are all US servers, they’re useless to us EU players. There isn’t a single official DICE server based in Europe left. I’ve checked every day for nearly a week. There’s about 2 in Asia, 1 in Australia and the rest are dickheads impersonating DICE servers.

      • b33m3R

        Could you be any more of a TOOL?

  • DarthDiggler

    Well the fact is you only have so many BF3 players at one time.  Most of the people I know love these high ticket servers and the only place to get that is the rented servers.  So if most of the community is gravitating there, it only make sense that DICE servers are getting harder to find.

    DICE should introduce some high ticket servers as well.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyNeat Johnny Neat

    Yesterday was my breaking point with BF3. A few of my friends are already leaning on trade ins and or shelving the game after this whole rent a server admin abuse going on. EA and Dice are just cheap, period, point blank. First off, rent a servers shouldn’t be allowed to point DICE or official dice server in the heading or description. Plus allowing a clear and easy filter for those tiny few official DICE servers to be found is another no brainer that DICE seems to have overlooked in their haste for free money. I’m annoyed to all hell. Sadly, I look forward to playing Medal of Honor in hopes they learned from past mistakes. I’m a dope like that.  

  • http://twitter.com/KaskaMatej Kaska

    Console players will get the presets they want (regular, non-modified) while us PC players cannot get the custom filter… Talking about equality…

  • Oliver Cooksey

    I have to laugh at those who complain about “input lag” (shitty aim) and server kicks most often or not network issues). I have, over the last 2 times. Once for clan members and another time because I was playing to well.

  • Ghgh

    why dont they take the boatloads of money they got from this and offer some free dlc? that was always the great thing about BC2… 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-McCormick/1129403964 Aaron McCormick

       you probably want free everything.

      • Leeray666

         Well yes, who wouldn’t?

  • Engineer

    My biggest issues with rented servers are the insane ticket amounts and admins kicking players or switching teams.

    I would be happy if they included a search function for ticket percentage or at least included that in the server description before joining.

  • peacenik7

    Baaaad move from DICE. They abandoned the entire community to the mercy of private servers.

    By the way, anyone else noticing some serious hacking going on with the private servers? And yes, I’m talking the PS3.

    Here, check out the History on this one: http://bf3stats.com/stats_ps3/rotflmfao

    The guy rented a server on March 31st, and went from a SPM of 450 to 710… overnight.

    • CHR1SC0

      Too True, this is an extract of his stats. Check out the SPM

      2012-04-10 01:08 10D 02h 39m since last update Compare
      Time 35:54:00     Score 6035.160    SPM 2801.838

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-McCormick/1129403964 Aaron McCormick

    My only question is why is Strike at Karkand not in the rotation as often as it should be?

  • Ediconez

    If you delete the update off your console (on xbox at least) all the old P24 servers are then visible running old pre-update games.   Such as full rotation standard conquest.

    So maybe they forgot to bring the servers along with the patch?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-McCormick/1129403964 Aaron McCormick

      …And since when can you delete the XBox360 update?
      Provide a source link proving such things are possible. 

      • Ediconez

        umm..  what?  you don’t know how to navigate to an xbox’s memory?

        ok..  xbox, tab to the very far right, system, storage, games, battlefield 3….  its called the rent-a-server update 1.1GB

  • An0n0musx

    yea DICE server are harder and harder to find.. especially when you have people that rent servers and disguise the name to looks EXACTLY like a DICE server, only to find out once u start to join the game that its a “clan” or personal server….  people do that just to get more peple into their server because they know people are looking for original DICE servers… its fucking stupid

    • Bob

      there are plenty of dice servers. if you search P24 in the server browser, u get bunch of servers that start with P24 (and bunch of other numbers after) those are official DICE servers…

      • Qwerty99

        You’re a complete fuckwit. I think when you was born the doctor threw away the babe and your mum kept the afterbirth

  • http://twitter.com/darrenstwit darren

    I have shelved this game. AFter hundreds on hundreds of hours in the BF family I am done with them. This is the biggest mess and rip off I have seen since I started playing video games with Pong. I paid for a game to play and they handed it over to 12 year olds and the public to run. They should be ashamed and they have lost me forever now. They will never get another nickel from me since they cannot be trusted.

    • boomer

      I cant agree more with your comments i used to love battlefield but now its ruined..i also will never buy another….ever

  • jackson seminola coxan

    Custom servers are better anyways.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-McCormick/1129403964 Aaron McCormick

      Agreed.  Custom servers are one hundred times better, but for reasons that finally benefit the customer instead of something else.  And when the complainers finally get what they want (the ability to choose their own rules) they say DICE is the devil for allowing such things.   Knowing nothing is yet perfect, I proclaim them idiots.

      • Wasabi317

        So many ignorant fucks. These people aren’t saying they want Rent-A-Server to disappear, they just want what they originally paid for to stay which was Official DICE servers. Why is this so hard to understand?

      • Adam

        You’re generalising, so don’t call us idiots. I liked the idea of rented servers but like many others I assumed there’d still be DICE servers left, where you aren’t at the mercy of the admins or forced to play Métro for 3 hours.

        I have nothing against rented servers, to each their own etc., but I want to be able to play a normal game as well, thank you very much.

      • Adam

        You’re generalising, so don’t call us idiots. I liked the idea of rented servers but like many others I assumed there’d still be DICE servers left, where you aren’t at the mercy of the admins or forced to play Métro for 3 hours.

        I have nothing against rented servers, to each their own etc., but I want to be able to play a normal game as well, thank you very much.

      • b33m3R

        Sounds like someone is throwing a temper tantrum because no one wants to play in his sandbox.

  • RigbyPA

    Total BS – so what if people “asked” for the ability to rent their own servers…. 

    That didn’t mean get rid of regular DICE servers too…..

    How stupid can DICE be? 

    CAN I PLEASE HAVE BACK REGULAR DICE SERVERS?

    There I asked now give them to me…… (and everyone else) 

    Thanks.

    • Bob

      there are plenty of dice servers. if you search P24 in the server browser, u get bunch of servers that start with P24 (and bunch of other numbers after) those are official DICE servers…

      • Leeray666

         Are you not reading the replies you are getting each time you post this rubbish?
        Searchin P24 in Europe will get you nothing. Besides, these are only Rush TDM and SDM… No Conquest!!
        Your solution simply doesn’t work.

      • b33m3R

        At this point most people are realizing you rode the small bus to school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/swisher.sweets.39 Swisher Sweets

    thanks for doing what only a handful of people wanted and the other million players did not. I think the big shooter game maker giants are going to hit bottom soon if these trends continue.

  • dgnspectre

    This would be a non issue if the general populace wasn’t completely retarded and constantly setting up REALLY, REALLY lame server settings/map rotations….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-McCormick/1129403964 Aaron McCormick

      They don’t, actually.  Rarely have I entered a server where the ticket count was normal or double setup, & the outcome of the game was bad due to “the server situation” you mention.

      Think again.
      For every free server, you’ll find a drama queen complaining the host isn’t doing it right.
        

      • b33m3R

        For every evil genius corporation out there, there is a mindless sychophant willing to bend over and take it hard to please them. TOOL.

        Rented servers are a great addition to BF3. Rented servers in lieu of official servers is a  NIGHTMARE experience in BF3. Mostly because we are forced to deal with f–ktards like you.

  • http://twitter.com/geecolley Glenn Colley

    really stupid move by DICE. stop screwing around and then fixing your screw ups. you have been in the game for too long to make these stupid mistakes. what did you expect when you removed the DICE servers? hey i have an idea, why not give the rules over to the players? what a good idea?

  • blondbassist

    I’d actually say they failed to deliver an full RSP program.

    There is barely anything substantial you caan change on them, Can’t change individual ticket values for individual maps, No ping kick/region lock feature,  Broken VIP feature, Server owners even have to go to the back of the queue in their own god damn server for christs sake.

    I’m never going to rent a server because theres nothing that justifies having your own server apart from having your own playspace in which there is only a spade and and bucket to play with and even then they have been chained to the ground so you can’t do too much with them.

  • Dkdusty

    It  is not only Dice servers it is also EA servers that are very few of.  Now I know that a lot of people then say why don’t you just type in the number p24 and you will get plenty of official servers, yes that  is true but only for the people that live or play on the US servers, this don’t work for people playing on EU servers, and for some reason it is much more difficult to find official servers in EU, because you can’t just type in p24… An I am sick of it because I have to use so much time trying to find a official server I just don’t like playing on all these rented servers.

  • Adam

    They’d better come back. I’ve already paid €55 for this game, I shouldn’t have to fork out the same again just to have a readily available server which is actually playable.

  • Adam

    They’d better come back. I’ve already paid €55 for this game, I shouldn’t have to fork out the same again just to have a readily available server which is actually playable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Jimenez/744909576 Junior Jimenez

    they want that money so they rented all there servers out. But a game needs to have its own servers EA needs to buy new servers and stop being so money hungry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Jimenez/744909576 Junior Jimenez

    they want that money so they rented all there servers out. But a game needs to have its own servers EA needs to buy new servers and stop being so money hungry.

  • Bill Compton

    You motherf#(k#r$ are never satisfied!  Why don’t you ALL just die!!!

    • b33m3R

      Someone needs more fiber in their diet.

  • Bill Compton

    You motherf#(k#r$ are never satisfied!  Why don’t you ALL just die!!!

  • gimmieyourserverback

    Ill give back my server if you give back yours :)

  • Deivinight

    Queemos servidores publicos DICE!!!

  • Mak

    Why give you free servers when they can make you pay for them for the pleasure of changing some settings?

  • Last_Remnant_Aliice

    Electronic Arts stated that Battlefield 3 is a “flat out superior” product to blockbuster first person shooter Call of Duty…Can they still say that…Nope :D.

  • boomer

    All i know is since this private server crap started i cant get to play in multiplayer . and i wont be buying anymore crappy battlefield games thats for sure

  • bob

    Play it on PC. It’s much better anyway. Console sucks.

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