Brink News

Brink is now free on Steam

Has more concurrent users than LawBreakers and Battleborn combined.

Splash Damage's 2011 team-based parkour shooter Brink sold over 2.5m copies in its first year, but more than half a decade later its fire has nearly extinguished. To keep the forgotten game relevant, Bethesda has decided to simply give the game away on Steam.

Brink developers launch online services system

Brink developers launch online services system

Splash Damage talent tout their networking expertise.

Senior staff from Brink developer Splash Damage have set up a new company to sell their online expertise.

The start-up, called Fireteam, plans to launch an "online services suite" which will offer other developers a way to easily integrate online features into their games, such as matchmaking, transmedia connectivity across multiple devices, friend features, player stats and in-game stores.

The platform will support Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and will launch in the "near future".

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Brink developer Splash Damage hires Enslaved lead gameplay programmer

Brink developer Splash Damage hires Enslaved lead gameplay programmer

Marc Fascia to help with move to "additional gaming platforms".

Brink developer Splash Damage has hired one of the key creators of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.

The London-based independent developer has hired Marc Fascia, Ninja Theory's lead gameplay programmer, as technical director overseeing all engineering teams.

Fascia will set the overall direction for Splash Damage's programming teams and will support new director of production Griff Jenkins, the former senior development director of FIFA, as the studio grows "to additional gaming platforms".

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"Comprehensive" new Brink update detailed

Clan support, ladders and tournaments incoming.

A hefty new Brink update due out soon brings full clan support and tournament features to Splash Damage's shooter, the developer has announced.

As detailed on its official blog, you'll be able to create and manage a clan from its new Clans & Tournaments Beta Site.

Once you've registered a clan, you'll be able to access various stats, such as your current ranking, wins and losses, and upcoming match schedule. You'll be able to invite others to join your squad, toggle your Clan's recruitment status, review applications and manage member privileges.

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Brink Autumn Cup announced

Brink Autumn Cup announced

1500 Euro up for grabs.

The Electronic Sports League has announced the Brink Autumn Cup - with 1500 Euro up for grabs.

The five on five PC Brink competition begins on 28th September. Sign-ups open on Wednesday, 21st September (today!) and close on 28th.

The ESL has taken to Splash Damage's multiplayer-focused shooter. It held a Brink tournament in the summer it described as "massive".

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Brink: Agents of Change DLC dated

Also, massive title update out today.

Brink's Agents of Change DLC pack goes live on 3rd August for PC and Xbox 360 users, and 4th August for PlayStation 3, publisher Bethesda has announced.

Brink DLC out early July

Title update coming to console versions.

The free Brink downloadable content Agents of Change will launch in early July, Bethesda has announced.

Publisher Bethesda confirms hack attacks

Publisher Bethesda confirms hack attacks

LulzSec takes user email addresses, passwords.

Anti-gaming hackers have claimed their latest victim.

Publisher Bethesda has confirmed it suffered a hacker attack on its websites over the weekend.

The Brink and Hunted publisher said the hackers "may have gained access to some user names, email addresses, and/or passwords". It advised users change their passwords on all of its sites immediately.

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Free Brink DLC Agents of Change details

Free Brink DLC Agents of Change details

Fight inside that spire!

Brink will receive a free Agents of Change add-on in June that adds maps, abilities, weapon attachments and outfits.

Developer Splash Damage decided to waive the cost as an apology for the early-days bug fixing.

The Agents of Change maps are Founders' Tower, which takes you into that sky-scraping iconic spire, and Labs, an underwater science haven untouched by the civil war.

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New Brink PC patch goes live

New Brink PC patch goes live

Lag addressed, dedicated server updated.

A new title update for the PC version of multiplayer FPS Brink is ready for download now via Steam.

The patch makes a number of tweaks aimed at improving performance and cutting down on lag, as well as offering a refined version of the standalone dedicated server. Full changelog below.

As detailed earlier this week, lag-smashing updates are also due later this week for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users.

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Brink lag patch launches this week

Brink lag patch launches this week

Improvements for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Multiplayer-focused first-person shooter Brink will be patched this week.

The update is expected to combat the online lag many players have experienced since launch.

The Xbox 360 update is currently working its way through Microsoft's approval process and is expected this week. The PlayStation 3 update does everything the Xbox 360 update does, and is also expected out this week.

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Brink update hitting PS3 tonight

Brink update hitting PS3 tonight

Look for Big Teams in public match settings.

Saturday's Brink update goes live for the PlayStation 3 version tonight, Bethesda has announced.

On Saturday developer Splash Damage released an update aimed at combating the lag some players have reported.

It alters the number of human players when matchmaking for campaign and most freeplay modes to eight total human players. It also allows those connecting to and hosting matches (particularly those with lower upstream bandwidth) to more reliably find and connect to quality hosts via the match-making process.

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Brink sales: 69% Xbox 360, 23% PS3

Brink sales: 69% Xbox 360, 23% PS3

UK Steam version still unavailable.

Brink has topped the UK all-formats chart this morning with a large majority of copies sold for Xbox 360.

More than two thirds of sales - 69 per cent - were for the Microsoft console. Only 23 per cent of Brink UK sales were for PS3.

The remaining eight per cent of sales were for PC.

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Brink update aims to combat lag

Brink update aims to combat lag

Splash Damage makes June DLC free.

Brink developer Splash Damage has released an update which it hopes will combat the lag some players have reported.

A configuration change to the Xbox 360 version (to be made to the PlayStation 3 version once Sony turns the PlayStation Network back on) alters the number of human players when matchmaking for campaign and most freeplay modes to eight total human players.

This new configuration allows those connecting to and hosting matches (particularly those with lower upstream bandwidth) to more reliably find and connect to quality hosts via the match-making process resulting in less lag and more fun, Splash Damage said.

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Brink developer admits PSN frustration

But says sympathy lies with Sony.

Brink developer Splash Damage has admitted frustration that PlayStation 3 users won't be able to access the online portion of its multiplayer FPS following its launch today.

Brink dev: games market is top heavy

"1% of games make 99% of the profit."

A top heavy games industry in which a tiny number of titles claim the vast majority of the spoils is stifling innovation, so says the developer behind multiplayer FPS Brink.

Brink updates detailed

Brink updates detailed

Splash Damage makes day one tweaks.

Even though it's not hit European shelves yet, a wealth of tweaks for Splash Damage's Brink have already gone live, with more to follow.

As detailed by studio co-founder Paul Wedgewood on the game's official site, an Xbox 360 update was made available yesterday addressing "several of the issues raised in some of the early US reviews."

Texture loading times have been reduced, multiplayer client prediction improved and a number of crash-causing bugs stamped out.

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Out This Week - 13/05/11

Brink! LEGO Pirates! SBK 2011!

Long-awaited shooter Brink sits nervously in the dug out. Finger on chunky gun trigger, hand wiping sweat off oversized brow. It headlines this week's new recruits.

Brink release date brought forward

Brink release date brought forward

Bethesda shooter moves up a week.

Forthcoming Bethesda FPS Brink hits the shelves a week earlier than initially planned, the publisher has announced.

Gamers in Europe can now pick up the Splash Damage-developed title on 13th May, rather than the 20th, while US gamers get it on the 10th May, rather than the 17th.

"Production wrapped on Brink earlier than we planned and we didn't see any reason to keep gamers from getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was ready," explained Bethesda marketing man Pete Hines.

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What happened to Brink 2 and 3?

"Always more games you plan on," says dev.

Two years ago, Splash Damage boasted about Brink being a "landmark franchise" for Bethesda that would stride on with Brink 2 and Brink 3.

What about Brink and Hunted babies?

Skyrim offspring is so last week.

Last week Bethesda challenged the sexual active population of the world to conceive now so that a baby can be born on "Skyrim Day" - 11th November 2011 (TES V: Skyrim's release date).

QuakeCon 2011 dates announced

QuakeCon 2011 dates announced

Bethesda, id Software bonanza.

The dates for QuakeCon 2011 are in. The event takes place in August, from 4th-7th, in Dallas, Texas - where limousines are fronted by bull horns.

QuakeCon used to be a place for id Software-related celebrations that usually involved huge old-school LAN parties, i.e. bring your own computer, plug it in and play an hours-long game of Quake.

That essence still remains, but there's a lot more going on now id Software is owned by ZeniMax - parent company of Bethesda.

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Brink, Rage, Hunted release dates

Brink, Rage, Hunted release dates

Bethesda lines 2011 up.

Bethesda has dated three massive games: Brink, Hunted and Rage.

Brink, Splash Damage's gorgeous blend of single- and multiplayer, will be released in Europe on 20th May and in the US on 17th May.

Tom Bramwell last looked at Brink for Eurogamer: "Splash Damage has made popular games before - Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is in the top three most-played online PC shooters to this day, Wedgwood claims - but Brink looks well on course to be its best yet."

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Wedgwood: Beth lets us get on with it

Brink developer praises "open relationship".

Splash Damage founder Paul Wedgwood has told Eurogamer that publisher Bethesda Softworks is patient and supportive of its work on Brink, and doesn't interfere despite making a huge investment in staff and other resources.

Brink delayed until spring 2011

Splash Damage shooter takes its time.

Bethesda Softworks has confirmed to Eurogamer that Splash Damage's upcoming multi-format shooter Brink has been delayed until spring 2011.

Bethesda confirms Brink delay

Bethesda confirms Brink delay

Spring to autumn in blink of an eye.

Bethesda has told Eurogamer that yes, Brink has been delayed until autumn 2010.

The news comes weeks after Splash Damage boss Paul Wedgwood stood confidently by a spring 2010 release for his game.

An explanation was absent. Whether the ambitious shooter needs more time, or whether Bethesda wants out of a busy Q1 2010 remains speculation.

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Brink has dedicated servers on PC

Popular EG Expo presentation detailed.

Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgwood told the Eurogamer Expo audience in Leeds today that Brink would stick with dedicated servers on PC.

"Big plans" for Brink 2 and 3

Splash Damage on "landmark franchise".

UK shooter specialist Splash Damage has told Eurogamer it's already mapped out two sequels for sci-fi FPS Brink - even though the first one isn't due out until next spring.

Splash Damage FPS to show at E3

Bethesda: "Genre-breaker", "killer app".

Splash Damage's new game is a first-person shooter set to be revealed at E3 in Los Angeles next month, and publisher Bethesda reckons it's a "killer app".

Bethesda and Splash Damage working together

"A long-term development partnership".

The eyes of Bethesda Softworks and Splash Damage have met across the crowded bar of games development and one thing's led to another and the duo have announced their engagement in a "long-term development partnership". Wink wink.