Bethesda has just released an FAQ about the dedicated-server support for its upcoming first-person shooter Brink.
We've reproduced the FAQ in its entirety below, along with the three Get SMART videos for the game that have been released thus far.
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 pre-made 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 customisable 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 customise 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 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.
Brink is scheduled for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 13th.