Ranked dedicated servers have been confirmed for the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Treyarch’s director of technology Cesar Stastny made the announcement via Twitter earlier today:
Confirmed: Ranked Dedicated Servers for #BlackOps2
Last year’s Modern Warfare 3 on the PC boasted dedicated servers as well, but only for unranked matches. The original Black Ops, however, featured dedicated servers for both ranked and unranked matches, though players were stuck paying out of their own pocket in order to rent and host one. It is not known if Treyarch will, once again, rent out servers through GameServers.com, as they did with the original Black Ops. Expect further details through an official announcement.
Earlier, Steam pre-order bonuses were also confirmed Stastny, though no further details were given.
I can confirm that there will be a bonus for all Steam preorders but it is not announced yet.
You can read up on MP1st’s list of pre-oder bonuses for Black Ops II at various retailers right here.