2011's Brink was supposed to be Splash Damage's magnum opus. Stepping away from their lauded Enemy Territory series, Brink was a radical new title bursting with ideas. SMART movement! Context-sensitive objectives! Dynamic maps! Multiplayer narrative! It was a tantalising prospect. Yet for all its ambition, Brink proved a misfire, simply because it wasn't much fun to play. It was too slow, too lightweight, and its map design seemed to funnel players into irresolvable battles of attrition that rendered many of its ideas impotent.

FeatureBack from the Brink: the new Splash Damage

How the Bromley studio is shaping up for the release of Dirty Bomb.

At Splash Damage, the studio famed for its long line of competitive, collaborative shooters, there's always been an odd and irresistible blend of cockiness and nerdishness. When its founder and CEO Paul Wedgwood takes a group of journalists on a tour of its new studio, located within a newly gentrified area of the Bromley borders it's for so many years called home - "They've cobbled the streets and put in cast iron street lamps and made it harder to park," he says - he stops for a prolonged moment to bask in the glory of the company's vast banks of servers. Through all the jargon he spouts, you sense a great amount of pride in a developer that takes having fun very seriously.

Dirty Bomb - or Extraction - oh, no, wait... Dirty Bomb is a new objective based multiplayer shooter from Bromley-based developer Splash Damage, them wot did the Enemy Territory games as well as Brink, and having played it recently I can say it's quite the thing. A PC exclusive, it doesn't have some of the technical problems that blighted the console versions of Brink, and it's something of a return to the hardcore, much-loved roots of Splash Damage's Enemy Territory games, with a sharp focus on team work and hard-edged competitive play that's as involved as you can get with an online shooter.

Dirty Bomb enters closed alpha as Splash Damage releases new gameplay video

Dirty Bomb enters closed alpha as Splash Damage releases new gameplay video

de_dust creator Dave Johnston explains new Echo tech.

PC multiplayer shooter Dirty Bomb enters closed alpha today, Splash Damage has announced.

The London studio is mailing closed alpha keys to members of the game's Founder's Club. You can sign up at the official site.

To coincide with the announcement, Splash Damage has released a new video of Dirty Bomb showing new gameplay footage and Echo, Splash Damage's gameplay telemetry and analytics system.

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First Dirty Bomb gameplay shoots up London Bridge

Splash Damage has released the first gameplay footage of Dirty Bomb, its free-to-play online PC exclusive shooter.

The Enemy Territory and Brink developer announced the game last month with the launch of a website.

This new video shows pre-alpha footage with lots of run and gun, objective-based gameplay. There's a near-future tank and what looks to be some sort of barricade building.

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