In the context: Fans of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory have supported custom servers for the game since its first launch in 2003, but many use mods, custom maps, and other special gameplay conditions. While id Software is fully supportive of the fan effort, they also want to offer gamers a way to play Enemy Territory as designed by Splash Damage.
The World War II-themed multiplayer first-person shooter remains popular after 19 years, as evidenced by Bethesda’s continued support for the game. This week id Software announced he has opened official dedicated servers for Splash Damage’s classic free-to-play shooter, ensuring fans always have a place to enjoy matches in vanilla settings.
There are four official servers: an American server in Texas, a European server in the Netherlands, an Australian server in Canberra, and a UK server in London. All launch Enemy Territory’s “Campaign” game mode with 8v8 matches (as opposed to the game’s maximum of 16v16) on all six original maps. Friendly Fire and Anti-Lag are enabled, while Punkbuster, Max HP, and Weapon Limit are disabled.
For those unfamiliar, Enemy Territory is a mission-based first-person shooter where players control the Axis or allies on maps based on real world war 2 battlefields. Players can choose from classes including engineer, medic, soldier, field ops, and covert ops.
Splash Damage originally planned the game as a multiplayer expansion for the 2001 game Return to Castle Wolfenstein (which arrived in the Microsoft Store and Game Pass). However, problems during development forced the company to spin it off as a separate game. Thanks to the warm reception of the game and the support of dedicated dedicated servers, players continue to enjoy it almost 20 years later.
Bethesda and Microsoft expanded their support for Enemy Territory earlier this year, making it easily downloadable on Steam and the Microsoft Store following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda and the shutdown of the Bethesda PC game client. The game can also be downloaded for free from places such as Splash Damage website and downloading TechSpot for a while. Players can access official servers regardless of where they took over enemy territory from.
In recent years, id and Bethesda have updated and supported several of their old-school shooters, including several Doom titles and the original Quake.