The initial release of the much-anticipated Aliens vs Predator dedicated server is now available. Unfortunately, from a server hosting perspective, it is a really poor implementation.
- It seems you need to own the game on Steam to be able to install the dedicated server software.
- You need to install the whole game (15gb) to be able to run a server.
- You need Steam running to be able to run a server.
- You need one Steam account per physical server (which means buying one copy of the game per machine).
Basically, this means it will be quite painful for people to run servers. Pretty disappointing initial release, especially given how much information exists
on how to make decent dedicated server software.