Brink Dedicated Server FAQ

We’ve always been dedicated to our PC fanbase, and with Brink hitting shelves in less than two weeks, we’re here today to clarify just what we have in store for PC players regarding dedicated server support.

One additional note before we get down to business — we’re currently shooting to have Brink available to pre-load on Steam prior to the game’s release. We’ll have more specific info on that in the days to come.

Now, let’s get this FAQing underway:

What is the Brink Standalone Dedicated Server?
The Brink Standalone Dedicated Server allows anyone to run multiplayer servers for the PC version of Brink. As the server is standalone, it does not require a full version of Brink to be installed and is completely free.

Where will I be able to get the Brink Standalone Dedicated Server?
The Brink Standalone Dedicated Server will be available for download via Steam prior to release. Once the server is available, you can simply browse to the Tools tab in your Steam client and grab it from there.

Will I be able to run several instances of the Brink Standalone Dedicated Server on a single machine?
Yes. The Brink Standalone Dedicated Server comes with several pre-made bat files that automatically define different ports for each instance. It’s also possible for you to set your own, custom ports.

In terms of available game options, how customizable will the Brink Standalone Dedicated Server be?
The Brink Standalone Dedicated Server includes several different game configuration files covering all of the regular game modes, including campaign, stopwatch, objective, and co-op challenges. In addition, there are a variety of server-side commands available that allow you to further customize your server, including team sizes, time limits and overtime, warm-up rules, friendly fire, voice chat, availability of Command Post buffs, rank restrictions, number of bots, and password.

I represent a Game Server Provider. How can my company offer servers for Brink?
Easy! Once the Standalone Dedicated Server is available on Steam, you’ll be able to start getting Brink game servers up for your customers. We’re currently aiming to have the server files available before release so you’ll be all set when the game comes out.

Reader Comments

  1. sounds nice. we are planning a pre-release little article for our readers, and the answer to the question “can the server be run on linux” would be something we’d like to include in the announcement.

  2. The number of people asking for Linux dedicated server reflects a certain trend. Most games don’t support Linux dedicated servers, that assumes that independant server operators are even allowed to host those games, Linux or Windows. If Brink does then they will have a huge amount of servers and communities supporting this game.

    If not then my interest in the game ends. Nothing personal but I’m looking for games that our whole community can play on our Linux boxes, we simply can’t afford the Windows license fees.

  3. @cpnichol

    Get a real OS. Tough luck your shit Linux can’t play games. hahaha You are like all those Apple fanboys, just doing it because you think you’re cool. You are an idiot.

  4. Well done…….as a pc player this is exactly what we were looking for.

    This game already reminds me of ET/RTCW….can’t F****** wait

  5. I’ll add my voice to those asking for Linux Dedicated Servers and LAN support.

    I’ve passed on many games lately that don’t implement those very important things in PC gaming. And me and my LAN party friends really really really want to buy Brink. Don’t let us down!.

  6. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

    PREORDERED!

    But ….
    Steam Independent Server ?
    Linux Files (non-Steam) ?

    Some (veteran) PC gamers do hate steam really much , and most of linux users too.

    Simple 2 questions ;)

  7. @Mr Fusco Linux isn’t about ‘being cool’ it’s about being a better choice.
    As a game server host, we are near exclusively linux, why ? Because we have full control over the OS. We have highly tuned everything from the hdd schedulers to the kernel ticks to provide the best possible performance for game servers.
    With windows you get stuck with printers, bluetooth and all sorts of crap that just shouldn’t be there on a server.

    It is also a lot cheaper (considering it’s free), is more flexible, faster, and has a thousand times less security risks.
    There is a reason that we pick linux, it’s the same reason why google and facebook do : because it’s better.

  8. Does this mean that LAN play will be an option?
    It’s dissapointing to see just how many games recently have neglected to have LAN support…

  9. @ Mr Fusco

    You seem to have misunderstood what I was saying, but thanks for trying.

    I’m no Linux fanboy, I use Windows 7 on my desktop. I was talking about the server operating system and that has nothing to do with being cool, primarily it’s an issue of cost. Go look up the cost of Windows Server Licenses if you don’t believe me.

    Linux support means that the cost of running servers for a game is lower, lower costs mean more people with their own server can run a game, which means more game servers with more people and communities supporting the game and people can also rent servers at a lower price.

  10. you said that you can have up to 10 different characters can u have different body types for each character?

  11. The gaming community im part of also discussed the possibilities of running a brink dedicated server.
    However (as many before me) we wonder if the server will be able to be running on a Linux machine (as our current server is.)
    would really appreciate a answer to that question so that we can further look into integrating Brink into our gaming community.

  12. Will there be a server query to involve actual serverinformation (Onlinestat, Player etc.) in a clan page ?

    If so, will be a documentary on this?

  13. Getting real close to release and still no word on linux servers?

    Not that I doubt SD & Bethesda will support Linux servers, but will the files be available at release?

  14. Dear Bethesda,

    Please provide a GNU/Linux build for the Brink Standalone Dedicated Server. This will simply allow more people to easily set up servers for the game on dedicated server hardware.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  15. Hi, I just want to say that is cool option and I am a big fan but even though I am getting new computer I will be playing BRINK on the PS3 so I really want you guys to offer same options/features to us game console hosts because I love hosting and entertaining people and what I love the most while hosting is to bring people together. While you guys try or do build bridge between 2D and 3D designs/graphics, I people like me want to build bridge between people of all races/religions. I really want to create a positive atmosphere by keeping negative people and negativity in an shape or form out. So it means a lot to mean when I can host and manage content restrict because I like mix and match and meet everyone taste/liking.

  16. Hey, I really wanna know why was my comment and question deleted that I posted here yesterday relating servers and consoles?

  17. You guys rock! Thanks you for saying f off to Activision and thier crappy way of screwing the huge PC community. Our group and all of our contacts will fully support your company and any of your needs for development and with getting the word out about your support for the PC community. We have 257 Thumbs Up for you and your company!!!!!!!!

    One Question tho! I still have not seen the Brink Dedi server in the steam list and I have even pre purchased your game. Are you still working on this and can we still expeect it to be out before the game release like you above mentioned. If not no worries, we and our group and I am sure I speak for the rest here, don’t mind waiting a little longer if that is what it takes.

    Once agin my hat is off to you. I hope this shows other companies that you can still make crap loads of money and still give the PC community what they would like!!!! :) :) :)

  18. I’m starting to get pissed, I’m still getting an error message” This game is currently unavailable please try again at another time.!! HELP

  19. It’s great to finally see someone setup such an awesome game AND allow people to utilize the dedicated servers so easily. I have a good feeling this game will quickly explode exponentially in popularity once people get teh chance to check it out.

  20. I LOVE YOU!!!! You broke the norm and have brought the dedicated servers back to the PC communities. You have my support and I will be doing all in my power to spread the word on this.

    and again I LOVE YOU for bringing the dedi’s back to the PC communities

  21. Why are so many people asking about DEDICATED servers for CONSOLES? Perhaps LISTEN servers make sense but not a DEDICATED server.

    Unless people decide it’s a good idea to keep their 360 or PS3 on 24/7, hosting a server that they cannot play on anyway because its sole purpose is to accept connections without a game interface, and simply not use your console for any other purpose. That’s why it’s called DEDICATED: It’s DEDICATED to that purpose.

    @Mr Fusco
    Good job bashing one platform (Linux PC) saying it doesn’t deserve anything, then whining about another platform (Consoles) saying it does deserve the same thing. And I hope you realize everybody on here talking about Linux was hoping for SERVER HOSTING support, and not GAME PLAY. Ya know those other FPSes you play on? The ones with dedicated servers? They’re PROBABLY running Linux.

    @gstaff
    You’re going to seriously tell me that a DEDICATED SERVER requires a high end graphics card? lolwut? I think either you guys got the wrong idea of a dedicated server, or you weren’t reading the questions hard enough or you guys are doing it wrong.

  22. this may be a really stupid question….but….I’m guessing that PC users and Xbox360 users won’t be able to meet in the same missions?

  23. What is so hard about writing portable code FROM THE BEGINNING?

    You have no GUI to deal with, only filesystem and networking. winsock is a ripoff of UNIX sockets().

    What is the problem?

  24. Steam is selling it for a quite nice price actually.
    So – ist there a Linux server? Games don’t offering, actually tend to loose much servers over time. Don’t want to play another game for an half year only.