EA Dice has announced that it will rebrand its Rented Server Program for Battlefield V. The program will be rebranded as Private Games and will give players basic multiplayer match creating capabilities for free.
According to a recent announcement, the Rented Server Program will be replaced by Private Games after the summer. The new scheme will allow players to create multiplayer matches without requiring them to rent servers for a ridiculously high fee.
However, the studio has carefully worded the announcement to indicate that the free version of the scheme will only give players basic configuration capabilities. Those who wish to make use of unannounced advanced configuration options likely still have to pay to create that match.
Private Games are different than traditional multiplayer servers in the sense that players can continue to play on them after you "stop hosting" by leave your match, but the server will eventually disappear from the server browser once all players have left. The premium version will likely give admins an option to keep the match listed indefinitely.
The Rented Server Program was never rolled out for Battlefield V, making Battlefield 1 the last game in the franchise to feature the scheme. Renting a multiplayer server for Battlefield 1 for a period 30 days costed $42,99 for the PC version and $26,99 on the console version.
The new Private Games scheme will still not give players access to the actual binaries required to host dedicated servers on their own hardware. Battlefield 2142 was the last game in the franchise that gave gamers access to those files.