I'm as clueless as to what exactly "IWNet" means as well, but it was thrown out of Infinity Ward HQ recently when community manager (and outspoken CM, at that), Robert Bowling, confirmed there would be no dedicated server support for the PC version of Modern Warfare 2
, but said an entirely new multiplayer matchmaking system would be used instead.
"[In the past] when you wanted to play a multiplayer game on PC, you'd have to scroll through a Server Browser which listed every available server which was hosted by individual server admins," he explains on his Blog. "Each had their own private rules, mods, or ways of playing the game. Most players would also use the server browser to find just the best quality game (based on PING).
"With IWNET matchmaking, it takes all that into account for you. All you have to do is select the playlist (pre-set gametypes with custom rules) that fits the style of play you are in the mood for. When you do, it will automatically find you a game with the best performance, ping, and preferences based on your location and individual connection as well as matching you with players of your same SKILL."
You can read the rest of the description of the new system right here
- but it sounds promising so far (if this is what has
to replace the DS option). Let us know what you think.