Sneak Peek: Clans and Tournaments Update for Brink

We’re close to releasing a comprehensive update for Brink, bringing full clan support, ladders and tournaments to all versions of the game. This update is currently in the final stages of testing and will be pushed out to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PC version of Brink as soon as that is complete.

Since there’s a whole bunch of new stuff headed your way in this update, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek of the goodness that awaits you:

Clans & Tournaments

Once this update is available, we’ll simultaneously be launching the Brink beta site for clans and tournaments, featuring several new sections and shiny new functionality.

Create a Clan

First and foremost, you’ll now be able to create and manage your own Brink Clan right on the website. Once you’ve selected a name for your Clan and registered it, it’ll get a dedicated profile page displaying its members as well as a breakdown of clan statistics like its current ranking, wins and losses, and upcoming Clan matches. From there, you’ll also be able to invite others to join your squad, toggle your Clan’s recruitment status, review applications of players applying for membership, and manage the privileges available to each of your Clan members.

Global Clan Ladder

Clan support is great, but we thought it’d be even better if you could challenge other clans and organize clan matches, too. For this purpose, we’ve got the Global Clan Ladder. It’ll display all of the Clans in Brink arranged by their current ranking and make it easy to find other Clans at similar skill levels.

From there, Clan leaders will be able to challenge other Clans to Clan Matches. Once a time for a match has been agreed, Brink will automatically create a match at the appropriate time and issue invites to all participating players. And if you happen to be playing Brink, you’ll be reminded of any upcoming matches that you’re scheduled to play.

The outcome of the match will affect the ranking of both participating clans. The winning team will see its ranking increased, while the losing outfit will drop a few points. All matches on the Global Clan Ladder will be 5 vs. 5 and utilize Brink’s full map pool.

Event Ladders

In addition to the Ladder, we’ll also be able to run tournaments via the website, referred to as Event Ladders. These events will often have customized rule sets, such as smaller team sizes and very specific map pools. You’ll be able to register your Clan for these right on the site and, much like regular Clan Matches, Brink will create game sessions for each match automatically and send invites to the players. Winning an Event Ladder is no small feat, and if you make it all the way to the end, you’ll net a trophy to show off on your Clan’s profile page.

No Brink Website Account Yet? Register Now!

To take advantage of all this cool new functionality once the update goes live, including creating clans and playing in tournaments, you’ll first need to have an account on the Brink site. To do this, you will need your unique access code, which you can find within the main menu for Brink, under Online Stats.  The code will link your player account to the site, , which will feed information like your clan status and upcoming matches back into Brink. You’ll also get access to all the other great features already available on the site right now, including detailed statistics for your characters, summaries of your most recent matches, and much more. In short, if you haven’t made an account yet, now’s most definitely the time!

Game Updates

Finally, we’ll also be releasing game updates for all three versions of Brink alongside the Clans & Tournaments update. We’ll have more information on what’s in these very soon, so keep checking back!

Reader Comments

  1. I loved this game but seriously Bethesda, this isn’t going to get many people to buy/return to this game. Fix the weapon damage and make it harder to get guns.

  2. Sounds cool, think I’ll have to get back into Brink for this. With Rage and Skyrim in the last couple of months, I haven’t had much time to play anything else.

  3. Overzealous treatment, also known as futile medical care.

    Splash Damage should let Brink go, it’s as alive as Shattered Horizon.

    SD, I dare you to look at this :

    http://steamgraph.burstpixel.net/index.php?action=graph&appid=22350&from=0

    nb: when Brink reach 0 users on the graph, it’s because it’s no longer displayed in public Steam stats (= below 350 players).

    The only positive outcome for Brink would be going F2P to get a playerbase (= less than 200 players is not a playerbase)(micro-transactions : pay small amount to get more than 4 main weapons and have access to level-5 abilities, or simply pay the $20 Brink license to get everything) and a deep rework of game design limitations, classes and maps.

    And 3 new maps to get old players back, or simply a map editor with a mapping contest (with few thousands bucks in prize, which is nothing for Bethesda).

    Of course, none of this will happen, and Brink will remain dead.

    Whee :D

    ps: Brink earned the “Biggest letdown of the year” and the “Worst release state” 2011 awards, congratz ! ;)
    ! => bonus points for unfinished server browser (filters not yet implemented) on release day !

    note: Dead Island won the “Bugged to the bone but still funny/playable release” 2011 award (aka “Eastern Europe devs release”, see STALKER: SoC release for a good example)

    Meanwhile, Red Orchestra 2 won the “Release day is actually beta release day !” 2011 award,

    and the “Longest time in unofficial public Beta” (2 months now !),

    and might won the “Biggest fanbase betrayal” => going from tactical realism FPS and history-friendly, to quick-action shooter and historical fiction, while pretending nothing happened :D

    There was some great competitions, but Brink managed to keep the “Worst release of 2011″ belt, nice ! ;)

  4. about time, indeed probably 6 months too late – game is almost dead online on PC now but if this gets a few more people playing i’ll likely come back too.

    few maps/modes wouldn’t go amiss, or fix some of the chokepoints in current maps that always seem to bog down a match.

  5. good to know that Brink isnt dead. my team have been playing this game for a while now. it would be nice to finally get a chance to participate in clan wars. and now that the game is $25 used, anyone can get a copy and join in. keep up the great work Bethesda!

  6. Brink was the most dissapointing game of the year by far. It looked no where near as good as the game play videos they showed a year or so before release, just a lot shittier and the screen cluttered up with that useless HUD. The character models in game move and look terrible and you can hardly see all the stuff you put on so what was the point of all the customization they were talking so highly of. The guns themselves sound really good but that filter muffle effect when something goes off near you is so annoying cause it really takes away from the otherwise great gun sound design. By the way that muffle effect wasnt on those promo videos either, at least not to the obnoxious extent it ended up. Why does this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ3LdP-08fo
    look and sound so much better than the final product? Ill give splash damage and Bethesda one thing, they fooled the piss out of me with their promotions.