Splash DamageNovember 2009

November 2009

Eurogamer interviews Brink Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood

A few weeks ago at Eurogamer Expo, the folks behind the namesake website cunningly trapped Splash Damage CEO and Game Director Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood and had him answer a few questions about Brink. The resulting interview has now surfaced and covers a great many things, including the possibility of a beta, catering to single and multiplayer audiences alike, dedicated servers, what sort of post-release support we might see, and much more. Go have a look, it's well worth it.

Currently Hurling Controllers / Mice At ... Uncharted Dragon Warfare

Welcome to the latest edition of Currently Hurling, our semi-regular look at what the Splash Damage guys and girls are playing. The holiday onslaught continues, with both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Dragon Age: Origins being among the latest wallet-draining reinforcements. Left 4 Dead 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii and Assassin's Creed 2 are all set to join the retail fray this week, which will slowly bring to a close the year's most frantic season of new game releases.

Hidden somewhat in this installment are dragons, high powered assault rifles, likable thieves, several waves of zombies, a copious amount of rock, and at least one art director wielding a turntable. Enter at your own risk.

Vote for Brink and Splash Damage at the PC Zone Reader Awards

UK gaming magazine PC Zone has kicked off its 2009 Reader Awards, allowing the public to decide which games and developers stood out in 2009, and what they're looking forward to in 2010. Not wanting to sway you too much, but Brink is eligible in the Most Wanted category, while Splash Damage fits snugly inside the box for Best Developer.

Voting is a quick and painless affair and closes on 11 December 2009, which is just over three weeks away. To achieve maximum tapir happiness, be sure to submit your choices before then.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun Interviews Ed Stern, Lives to Tell Tale

Gaming blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun is home to a brand-new interview with Brink's Lead Writer and Knower of Things Ed 'BongoBoy' Stern. Somewhat unsurprisingly, much of it is focused on game-writerly business, with Ed discussing some of the challenges he's faced word-smithing for Brink as well as shedding light on some of the story-telling devices (including cinematics) used in the game. There's also talk about moving from Enemy Territory to Brink, making games more accessible, and Brink's art style.

In entirely less digital news, the latest issue of 360 Magazine here in the UK includes a Brink preview as well as a fresh interview with Splash Damage's Creative Director Richard 'Rahdo' Ham (incidentally featuring no less than eleven headshots of the man).

Currently Hurling Controllers / Mice At ... Borders and Lands

Quick, grab your eyeballs and get ready for the latest installment of Currently Hurling, our semi-regular look at what games we're playing here at Splash Damage. If you like games and water-based metaphors, you'll be happy to know that it's now high tide for new releases, and Borderlands, Forza Motorsport 3, Torchlight, GTA4: The Ballad of Gay Tony are more than happy to prove the point. Dragon Age, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and New Super Mario Bros Wii will all be here before month's end, so there's very little prospective rest for thumbs everywhere.

In more immediate news, Art Director Olivier 'nosebone' Leonardi is joining the Controllers/Mice crowd for the first time ever this week - please make him feel welcome. Also, if you're a fan of 87 bazillion guns, this update should leave you fairly satisfied. Words:

Brink at Eurogamer Expo - A Round-up

Brink made its UK debut at last week's Eurogamer Expo in Leeds and London, where Game Director Paul Wedgwood presented the game to hundreds of gamers. Paul also shared some general information on Splash Damage and capped it all off with audience Q&As. You can find great write-ups of everything at the sites below:

Forum member Zhou Yu was also able to see the presentation in Leeds and put together a detailed post with his impressions.

Additionally, there's a video of Paul's presentation over in Eurogamer's expansive video vault, though it should be noted that there is no actual gameplay footage visible. Lastly, if you missed it, Paul also confirmed that the PC version of Brink will indeed offer dedicated servers.

Fallout 3 Wins Big at Golden Joysticks 2009

Bethesda's Fallout 3 was the big winner at the Golden Joystick awards last week, taking home the coveted Ultimate Game of the Year honors. Bethesda's latest also picked up Best PC Game and Best Soundtrack, making it one of the most highly decorated titles of the night. Competition was especially fierce this year, with so many great titles released across all platforms. We here at Splash Damage would like to throw a big, nay, humongous congratulations in the general direction of Bethesda Game Studios as well as all the other winners and nominees.