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Brink Dedicated Server FAQ is Here


We've had a lot of questions about the dedicated servers for the PC version of Brink lately, so we've thrown together answers to the most common questions out there. The big news is that the dedicated server files will be freely available, so anyone will be able to put up servers for Brink.

Before we dive into the rest of the stuff, as noted over on Bethblog, we're also working to ensure you'll be able to pre-load Brink on Steam prior to release. We'll let you know once we have more information in regards to timeframes and such.

And now, on to the questions:

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 premade 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.

68 Comments

Freely available? Hell yea, man!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:11
The big news is that the dedicated server files will be freely available, so anyone will be able to put up servers for Brink. This means you can make your own server with more then 8vs8 players?
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:12
Unscooped DAUK? Not cool.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:13
Awesome. It also says they're striving to allow the game to preload prior to release. Interestingly it mentions that the dedi servers will be available for CAMPAIGN mode which will make a lot of people happy.... (No p2p). HLDSUpdate is great too :D EDIT: VOIP will certainly be ON on my server, and FF on!!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:13
He STOLE my news! HE STOLE IT! I'm telling an admin abo.... oh.. :( Still, good news... no idea why it took this long, but still good news :)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:14
Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohooo :d
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:14
Um... wow. This is unexpected. Kinjal was getting to me, starting to make me think maybe things weren't going to go well. Then you guys come out with this. Aww, come here, you deserve a hug.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:15
As I was replying to DAUK's now closed reverse-ninja'd post: Where is the bad news?! There is supposed to be bad news. That's why they waited this long, remember?? Because they didn't want to reveal the news that would make all the PC players feel slighted and trivialized? There was no other reason for the delay, right?
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:16
Herandar, you should just shhh. Because you're totally right on this one and a spanking is no fun.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:19
He STOLE my news! HE STOLE IT! I'm telling an admin abo.... oh.. :( Still, good news... no idea why it took this long, but still good news :)
No wonder I couldn't post to your thread. Badman better step it up if we're scooping his news. :)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:21
Herandar, you should just shhh. Because you're totally right on this one and a spanking is no fun.
It's okay, I'm done. I tried not to engage the Dedicated Server crowd too much.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:23
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! :D Awesome news!! Very nice :)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:25
another wise move by splash damage.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:25
This is great news! Now shed some light on SDK! ;)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:25
I'm setting up my server tonight!!!! w00t!!!!!!! Question, you mentioned a .bat file, does this mean the server runs on Windows only, or that you only set up pre-made scripts for the Windows binary(I'd prefer to run it in Linux, my distro boots up to only 32MB of mem use)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:31
I'd still like to know if there's any information regarding steam pre-loading on the user side of things.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:32
Dear God I hope you will allow us to pre-load BRINK on Steam, will you?
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:34
Don't you guys read. The very first paragraph of that FAQ says that provided it's available, preload of the game files will be available on Steam.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:36
Says it right here...
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.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:36
Great news. Thanks SD!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:37
Dear God I hope you will allow us to pre-load BRINK on Steam, will you?
Seriously? SERIOUSLY!? You don't even have to click on the link in the first post, it's in the blurb:
you'll be able to pre-load Brink on Steam prior to release.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:37
You're just trying to justify your sillyness now aren't you :tongue: Edit: oh, he deleted his post, now I look silly o_O
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:38
And if you wait a few days, then you'll get them. Jeez. For a guy whose avatar is a bear you sure get antsy.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:38
lol he deleted his post A++
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:39
well slap my ass and call me charlie. Guess i missed that part in my haste to read about the dedicated server portion :o And linsolv, i was being facetious. The internet, she is not so serious!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:39
Who's serious? (Not ed lolington. I don't think he's very funny, actually... :I Boring troll is boring.)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:40
Edit: oh, he deleted his post, now I look silly o_O
Why I love the quote functionality.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:42
Waka Waka :P
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:46
WOOHOOO! My life has just been made!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:47
hello dedicated serverrrrrrrrrrrrrrs!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:48
Hmm.... let the skeptic hunt begin.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:10
can i run it on VPS machine? can we know min system specifications?
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:15
Hi Rahdo! *waves*
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:22
Free dedicated server files, awesome!! Preload game on steam, awesomer!!! (specially for those of us who don't have a super fast connection)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:31
I am pleasantly surprised to see this... will p2p be an option though? Or will we be taking over other peoples servers when we join and invite friends? For coop purposes of course.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:36
guess thats the info everybodys so eagerly waiting for. me included. turns out just like i expected which is awsome.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:59
guess thats the info everybodys so eagerly waiting for. me included. turns out just like i expected which is awsome.
I was expecting it too but with all secrecy and the wait for it to be announced I was getting a bit worried. Thank god it's Splash Damage we are dealing with here. Great news. :)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 18:07
Awesome. It also says they're striving to allow the game to preload prior to release. Interestingly it mentions that the dedi servers will be available for CAMPAIGN mode which will make a lot of people happy.... (No p2p). HLDSUpdate is great too :D EDIT: VOIP will certainly be ON on my server, and FF on!!
Agree, whether there is P2P in the game or not, it at least gives us the option to provide an alternative. That's very good news. Praise the Tapir Gods.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 18:12
;285307']I'm setting up my server tonight!!!! w00t!!!!!!! Question, you mentioned a .bat file, does this mean the server runs on Windows only, or that you only set up pre-made scripts for the Windows binary(I'd prefer to run it in Linux, my distro boots up to only 32MB of mem use)
Good question. I know a Linux server would be preferable for us. Any more info badman?
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 18:35
Many many thanks Badman..It was worth the wait..:D
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 19:11
Can we get a list on how to turn off ora...I mean can we get a list on the possible server settings? Any eh, dialogue and general expressions of wishes would be useful to potential hosts.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 19:20
[...] 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.
Hm, being able to adjust time limits and availability of Command Post buffs sounds good already. I wonder how much we can change right from the start. Restricting or removing certain abilities/weapons/weapon attachments might be needed for 5v5 format and could be there from the start which I would appreciate very much :)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 19:32
i have to admit, this IS good news! tho i was expecting a bit more information: commands, options, needed specs, bandwidth etc. well it'll come eventually.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 19:45
Thanks for posting DA
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 20:47
Fantastic news! Well done SD you really have done a good thing for PC gamers!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 21:13
Thank you SD, not sure how much effort was required on your part to pull this off but I'll imagine it was a bloody brawl from which you were triumphant.
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 21:17
Thanks for the information. Perhaps you have some more information? Linuxserver => YES or No? Serverperformance requiment for a 16 slot server @ full play? Servertools and league tools are ready or only rcon?
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 21:49
This news makes up for my crappy week, thanks xD
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 22:52
This is great news and it got me thinking. However, like my name suggests, I'm clueless so bear with me :P I thinking of running a LAN at my local church in their hall. LAN parties are hard to come by in London strangely and think if I can manage it then why not :) I know some bits and pieces but can't find much out when it comes to finding out about building a gaming server. Assuming I could get 15+ people together would I need to buy/build a gaming server and how much would it cost? It would need to run some Source based games, TF2, L4D as well as Trackmania and of course most importantly, Brink! :) Any ideas guys? thanks in advance for any help :)
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 23:05
great news cant wait until release!!
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 23:05
@king_clueless Nothing has been mentioned about Brink server requirements yet But I seriously don't think you need to go out of your way to get something stupidly overspeced Most people that are running their current rig as an i5 or i7 still have an old Core2Duo/Quad/AMD equivalent hanging about They might even be using it as their file server, linux box or media centre already So I would say just throw together something from what you have available It's not going to be chucking out any beasty graphics so for a a one or two game server you shouldn't run into much trouble If you want to spend a bit of cash I'd say aim it in the direction of the RAM
Posted on 28 April, 2011 - 23:48
...I mean can we get a list on the possible server settings?
^ x2 You would think that would be a frequently asked question. :wink:
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 00:18
^ x2 You would think that would be a frequently asked question. :wink:
Let's just frequently ask it, it will magically appear then (: So what are the server settings exactly?
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 00:26
I would like to know if it can be run on Linux as well. Though... more out of curiosity than anything.
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 01:00
Great news is great! :stroggbanana:
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 01:12
From experience A Core 2 Duo with 4gb is more than sufficient for running a dedicated game server. The internet speed is where you will run into problems, so make sure you have decent upload speed, and make sure the internet connection isn't being used for other things (torrents, youtube etc) when people are connected. ****************************** A list of the server variables and what they do would be great SD, and also how many kb does Brink use for up/down per player connected? :D
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 01:26
nice... now, when do we get mod tools info ? :D
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 08:15
Steam... Premade bat files... wtf? No Dedicated Linux Server? :eek:
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 09:56
Might be because of pirates. Tho I am not sure how that exactly works.
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 09:58
the FAQ lacks information regarding the availability of linux dedicated server files... :(
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 13:13
It also doesn't specifically say Windows does it?
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 15:11
Since there are definitely going to be dedicated servers its pretty much a given that we'll get server browsers and such right? Don't suppose anyone's seen some screen shots of them tucked away somewhere?
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 16:55
It also doesn't specifically say Windows does it?
As Arcanoxer mentioned the inclusion of batch files indicates Windows
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 16:57
they'll run in dosbox iirc
Posted on 29 April, 2011 - 17:00
16 slots is way low... Only my members will fill that up and had same issue with black ops. 32 would be perfect. Linux server files would be great! I hope it will be like BC2 series.. like no one can play from old patch/version and it will auto update to new versions as soon as it's released!
Posted on 30 April, 2011 - 03:36
I hope it will be like BC2 series.. like no one can play from old patch/version and it will auto update to new versions as soon as it's released!
Brink uses Steamworks so the game automatically updates.
Posted on 30 April, 2011 - 03:39
16 slots is way low... Only my members will fill that up and had same issue with black ops. 32 would be perfect. Linux server files would be great! I hope it will be like BC2 series.. like no one can play from old patch/version and it will auto update to new versions as soon as it's released!
32 might be perfect for you in terms of how many people are on your servers, but it'll probably be too many people for the size of the server: shooting fish in a barrel. Also, Steam doesn't let you play any game unless you have the latest version (unless you're in offline mode).
Posted on 30 April, 2011 - 04:52
Linux Dedi binaries please! Some of us do run linux boxes for our stuff (since the days of Wolf/ET).
Posted on 2 May, 2011 - 23:49