Splash DamageFebruary 2008

February 2008

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Steve Hessel Interviewed on PlanetQuakeWars.net

Splash Damage's Community Relations Manager Steve 'badman' Hessel is the questionee in a new interview on PlanetQuakeWars.net. Steve chats about his various duties, the thinking behind the the ETQW Community Site and its impact on fan sites, the recently released SDK, the Ranked Servers program, and more. If Deutsch is more your thing, you can find a handy German translation here.

Paul Wedgwood Appears on Games for Windows Radio

Still out at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Splash Damage owner Paul Wedgwood makes an appearance on the latest episode of Games for Windows Radio alongside Warren Spector. The two of them discuss a variety of topics related to game development and gaming for nearly 90 minutes and share a few interesting insights that may shock and surprise you all at the same time. It's definitely worth a listen, so go check it out!

SplashDamage.com Relaunches!

At long last, our new website is here and we couldn't be more excited! Along with the updated look, the site sports a multitude of newly added features, including the Splash Damage blog, information on our various games, an in-depth look at the studio, updated forums, and more! Check out this blog post for more information on the relaunch and how to best get us your feedback on the new site.

New Splash Damage Site Launches! Excitement!

Welcome to the new Splash Damage website!

Yes, it's taken a few years, but we've finally gotten around to redesigning our own private corner of the internet. This design has been several weeks months in the making and we're very excited to finally launch it into the online cosmos. The new site's prettier looking, sports better typography (fun fact: 4 out of 5 dentists and their kittens prefer 11px Verdana) and is much easier to navigate.

But it's more than just a fresh coat of paint. We've got an all-new backend driving the whole thing, which allows us to have a lot more content on the site and more of what we refer to internally as cool bits. It's all very technical, but basically the number of cool bits is directly proportional to visitor satisfaction.

We've also got this blog contraption you're reading now, which we hope to use as a less formal outlet for our nonsense - expect to find sporadic updates from inside our underwater fortress here along with stuff that doesn't quite warrant an official news announcement.

Feel free to have a look around and let us know what you think in the comments. We'll continue to work on the site and improve it where we can. We've also got additional cool bits in the making that will be implemented in the coming weeks and months. If there's anything you'd like to see added or changed, don't hesitate to bring it up in the Site Suggestions & Feedback forum and we'll see if we've got a place for it.

Splash Damage Forums Down for Upgrade

As you might have noticed already, the Splash Damage forums are currently disabled while we migrate the entire site over to a new software backend. This is going to take several days, but the end result will be worth it. Thank you for your understanding.

First Ever ETQW Tournament at QUAKECON 07

id Software have just announced their tournament plans for this year's QuakeCon and we're delighted to see confirmation that this year's 'Con will see the first ever Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars tournament. Sponsored by NVIDIA, 32 teams will get to battle it out in a 6 on 6 double elimination tournament in order to find the world's very first ETQW champions. QuakeCon is to be held in Dallas from August 2-5 2007. Take a look at the official QuakeCon website for more information and the official press release.

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Nominated at Game Critics Awards

The Game Critics Awards panel have announced this year's nominees and Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars managed to garner two nominations - Best PC Game and Best Online Multiplayer. These Game Critics Awards are handed out annually by an independent organization comprised of journalists from over 36 major North American gaming publications. You can find the full list of nominees on this page. The winners will be announced on July 31.

ETQW One of GameSpy's Top 10 PC Games of E3

GameSpy have published their Annual E3 Awards, with Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars making their Top 10 PC Games list. They called it "one of the most impressive PC titles on hand, and one we're looking forward to playing a lot more of", and went on to conclude:

What's really impressed us about Quake Wars so far is the amount of depth in the game. You could spend countless hours playing as a single class, learning the ins and outs of each map, and then find that playing as a different character requires an entirely different approach. Even after playing the beta map dozens of times, many of us have still only scratched the surface of certain classes, let alone figuring out some of the Strogg's more unique abilities, like the ability to convert fallen enemies into spawn points.

Click here to read the rest.

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Release Dates Confirmed

We're delighted to finally announce the official, confirmed release dates for Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars.

As revealed at QuakeCon '07 in Dallas, ETQW will be released in the EU on 28th September, and in the US on 2nd October 2007. Read the full press release here.

ETQW Nominations at Leipzig GC 07

We're delighted to learn that ETQW has been nominated for both Best PC Game and Best Online game at the Leipzig Games Convention awards. The Leipzig Games Convention is a big event in the industry calender, and we're very happy that ETQW has picked up two important nominations. Come and say hi at the Activision stand if you're in the area.

ETQW Makes Xbox 360 Debut At E3

The E3 Business and Media Summit took place in Los Angeles this month and among the attractions was the first-ever public showing of the Xbox 360 version of Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. A brand-new official trailer is now available, showing gameplay from the Xbox 360 version. You can watch a high definition version of it over here at GameTrailers. Also on show was the PC version of ETQW, demonstrating the abilities of the computer-controlled opponents ("bots") on the Valley map. A number of media outlets stopped by over the course of the show to check out the game - you can read their impressions below:

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Goes Gold

We're very happy and proud to announce that Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars has gone gold! In non-game terms, this means that ETQW is done and has been sent off to manufacturing, where hundreds of thousands of dvds are being pressed at this very moment. The game will hit store shelves in Europe and Australia on September 28, with North America following on October 2. Splash Damage is currently hard at work on the ETQW demo, which will be released in the coming weeks. You can read the full press release announcing ETQW's gold status right here.

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Demo Released!

It's finally here! The Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars demo has been released and is available via the mirrors listed below. If you haven't been keeping up, you can find out all about the demo in this developer blog. You can also check out our Valley map guide for details on the demo map along with a few tips and tricks.

Important note for ATI users: You must download and install the latest Catalyst drivers (7.9 or later) in order to be able to run the Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars demo. The next revision of the ATI drivers is going to include the hotfix.

Hit the jump for a list of Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars demo mirrors!

ETQW Debuts As Best-Selling PC Game in the UK

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars debuted as the best-selling PC game last week in the United Kingdom, according to the latest UK sales charts. Even better, ETQW managed to take the top spot despite being on sale for just two days and knocked down the previous champ The Sims 2: Bon Voyage, along with World in Conflict and Medal of Honor: Airborne. The UK sales charts are compiled by ChartTrack and published by the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA for short) every week.

First Wave of ETQW Reviews and Awards!

Several magazines and online publications have already reviewed Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars and delivered their verdict. Here's a few of our favorites:

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars 1.4 Update Available

The wait is over! The Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars 1.4 update is now available via the in-game updater and these download sites. 1.4 comes with a massive list of new features, improvements, and fixes - an overview of the major features can be found in this ETQW dev blog update, while you can read through the full changelog on this page.

Another Batch of Great ETQW Reviews and Awards!

Last week we posted news about the first wave of great reviews and awards that Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars received from the press. Since then, several major sites around the world have posted their impressions of the full game - here's our second list of great reviews and awards!

Even More Great ETQW Reviews and Awards!

A few weeks ago we posted the second wave of great reviews and awards that Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars has received from the press. Since then, yet more sites and magazines from around the world have posted their impressions on the full game. Here's our third list of great reviews and awards:

ETQW One of MSN's Games of the Year

The playful crew over at MSN has published their own Games of the Year feature, highlighting what they thought were the best 20 titles released in the past 12 months. Better yet, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars made the list - in a year that saw the release of countless high profile games, this is very exciting for us.

In related (and equally great) news, Phoronix has released their own list of The Greatest Linux Innovations of 2007, with Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars making the cut as the only game in the mix.

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Wins FPS of the Year Award

We're very excited to see that Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars has won VoodooExtreme's PC First Person Shooter of the Year award! The VoodooExtreme Game of the Year awards are based on weeklong user voting conducted last week where ETQW managed to beat a number of other multiplayer heavyweights, including Team Fortress 2 and Call of Duty 4. You can view the complete breakdown of VE's Game of the Year awards on this page.

ETQW Picks Up Two More Game of the Year Awards

Not wanting to be left out of the Game of the Year fuss, HardGame2, one of the largest Spanish gaming sites out there, has published a list of what they thought were the most outstanding PC titles of 2007. Some 25 categories were there to be won and we're very happy to see that Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars managed to pick up top honors twice: Best Multiplayer Experience and Most Addicting Game! Rumor has it the Makron is having a few extra Strogg today to celebrate...

Paul Wedgwood to Speak at GDC 2008

Splash Damage owner Paul "Locki" Wedgwood is one of the featured speakers at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and will be giving an hourlong talk titled From Amateur to Triple-A in Five Years. Intended for anyone looking to start or expand a game studio, the session will be an informative look at Splash Damage's history with a special focus on the lessons learned while growing the company from a mod team to a AAA game studio. GDC is set to take place February 18 - 22. Interested parties can sign up for the event here on the GDC website.