Splash DamageJanuary 2011

January 2011

Brink One of 2011's 'Most Wanted' Games

The start of the year is traditionally when gaming sites and magazines publish their 'Most Wanted' lists to let gamers everywhere know what titles to look out for. We're delighted to see Brink pop up in way over 80 of these features so far this year, a truly staggering number to us. This includes everything from mainstream portals like MSN, gaming sites like Eurogamer and Shacknews, to newspapers like The Telegraph and The Guardian. We had some really fantastic feedback from those who got to play Brink at various events last year, and to now have folks in the press put the game amongst their most anticipated titles of 2011 is extremely humbling and exciting all at the same time. Here's a taster:

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Login Server Currently Offline

Update: This has now been resolved and everything should be back to normal! Let us know in the comments if you're still experiencing difficulties.

Original story: Those of you trying to log into Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars are currently being greeted by an error message. The accounts server for the game is currently not working properly, causing the vast majority of login attempts to not go through. Word is that things are being worked on, though unfortunately there's currently no solid ETA for the fix. We'll let you know as soon as we have more information.

Mark Your Calendars: Brink Releasing in May

We'll keep this one short and sweet: we're very excited to be able to announce the official release date for Brink. The game will ship in North America on May 17, with Europe and Australia following later that same week on May 20.

With the May date confirmed, there's still time for the Americans among you to pick up one of the exclusive pre-order packs for the game. There's four of them and each contains additional customisation items for your character to help you stand out from the crowd. If you're not in the US, worry not. Pre-order pack information for other parts of the world is still to come.

The full press release announcing the release date can be found here.

Update: Going along with the release date, we've also got the final box art for you to check out. The three different boxes have magically appeared right at the top of this post.

New Brink Video Showcases Choir of Guns

Hot on the heels of today's audio developer diary, we've also got a new video for you today, putting the guns of Brink’s front and center. Titled "A Choir of Guns", the video uses Brink's arsenal of firearms to create a bullet-laden concert of death and destruction, and also showcases some of the weapon customisation options you’ll have in the game.

You can catch it via the YouTube embed below or here on the Brink website.

Also, since there's been a bunch of speculation about the release date, it's still Spring 2011. Expect more news on that soon.

New Brink Dev Diary Sounds off on Audio Design

Splash Damage's Audio Director Chris 'peaceful warrior' Sweetman tackles sound design in a brand-new Brink developer diary. Chris reveals how Brink manages to keep its myriad of sound effects readable even when there's tons of them going off at once. There's also a lot of information about how Chris approached weapon audio for Brink and why it'll sound like nothing you've heard in a Splash Damage game before. Here's a slice:

Having played many single player and multiplayer shooters, there was one thing that always concerned me - sonic space. In other words, how do you overcome the problem of having too many sounds all playing at the same time? When you have music, gunfire, dialogue, Foley, explosions, and ambient sounds all going off simultaneously, you’re generally left with aural mush. This was a problem we were determined to solve when beginning work on Brink.

It's a fascinating and insightful read - head over to the Brink website to check out the full diary.

Update: If the link comes up as a blank page for you, try this one instead.

Updated Brink Fan Site Kit Released

The official Fan Site Kit for Brink has been updated with a variety of goodies to help make your websites for Brink even more Awesome and Fantastic. Among other things, the recently released wallpapers, the latest screenshots, and the Brink Developer Diaries join the previously released kit contents to form the following list of goodness:

  • Official Brink fact sheet and FAQ
  • Brink Developer Diaries
  • Official logos
  • Screenshots and concept art
  • Desktop wallpapers
  • Forum avatars
  • Audio samples
  • Website design elements
  • Developer and publisher fact sheets

The kit clocks in at some 84 MB and can be downloaded from the official Brink website.

Once your site is up and running, don't forget to give us a shout! Happy website building!

What We're Playing: Our Games of the Year

With 2010 and a (hopefully) gaming-laden holiday period firmly behind us, what better time to look back at 2010 and pick our favourite games of the year? With so many great games released last year, we asked people here at the office to pick the cream of the crop and, naturally, the reasons why. Nothing reflects the diversity and quality of last year's line-up as much as the fact that there's no universal favourite in our picks.

Oh, before we dive in, don't forget to let us know which games released in 2010 were your favourites. We can't wait to find out!

Splash Damage Looking for Lead Programmer

Are you a talented programmer and great at managing people? If so, this is for you: We're currently seeking an additional Lead Programmer to join our development team full-time at our studio near London, England. Among other things, you'll manage our programming team and work with our Technical Director to establish the technical direction for our titles. If this intrigues you, have a look at the full job description to find out more.

Splash Damage offers a comprehensive benefits package to all successful applicants. Check out our Culture section to find out more about what it's like to work here and don't forget to browse our extensive Living in London guide for everything you need to know about moving to London and living here.

If there's nothing there for you at the moment, why not sign up for our Jobs RSS feed or subscribe to email updates? We look forward to hearing from you!

Brink Coverage Round-up: Happy 2011!

2011's here and we've got a few bits and pieces of new Brink coverage to kick the year off with.

German magazine ComputerBild Spiele recently visited the Splash Damage offices for a Brink-laden day including plenty of hands-on playing time. The resulting write-up has now appeared in the just-released latest issue of the mag, filling up some four pages with their impressions and new screenshots.

In 100% more online news, Gamers Guide to Life offers a detailed hands-on preview of their own, based on getting to play the game at Eurogamer Expo late last year. Here's a clip:

Brink is, in the purest sense of the word, a shooter; everything which appears on-screen is precisely placed and serves a purpose, whilst every control is perfectly mapped to the controller. Nothing about Brink feels pasted on, nothing feels pointless and nothing feels half-arsed.

Moving on to more inquisitive things, we've also got a trio of new Brink interviews for you. Cleverly, they each feature a different member of the development team:

That's it for now! If you've spotted any other recent Brink coverage, please let us know in the comments.