Brink Title Update Today, DLC Next Week!!

We’re excited to announce the final release date for Brink: Agents of Change. The content will be available this coming Wednesday, August 3rd, on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, and Steam. As long as you download Agents of Change during the first two weeks it becomes available, you’ll always be able to play it for FREE. If you don’t download in the first two weeks, it’ll cost $9.99 (or 800 Microsoft Points)… so be sure to get it early.

For a refresher on all the new maps, abilities, character outfits, and weapon attachments in Agents of Change, check out our previous post located here.

And after the break, learn about Agents of Change’ achievements and trophies, plus details on the latest title update…

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Brink PC: Stats Site and game update live!

Starting today, PC players can track their stats on the Brink stats site located at http://battle.brinkthegame.com/ (for info on getting started, visit the site’s FAQ page). Additionally, a new PC update has gone live on Steam. Some of the highlights are below:

  • Server admins can set up a custom welcome message for their server that will show up on the loading screen when players connect
  • Fixed Aquarium map from logging only one objective as being completed
  • Incremented networking protocol
  • Added objective timing info to the Stopwatch review screen
  • Fixed player nametags disappearing despite not being affected by flashbang
  • Fixed having a players’ weapon stuck in iron-sights for the entire refire duration when needing to perform an auto-reload
  • Added support for showing player health bars for spectators when looking at the player
  • Fixed issue with caltrop models not always being updated properly
  • Added automatic scrolling when typing in chat boxes
  • Added ability for spectators to watch a current objective’s progress
  • Server admins can increase the defending team’s spawn timers in Stopwatch
  • Players can verify people’s Steam identities so they can verify people’s Steam IDs
  • Spectators can see player names colored by team (red vs. blue) rather than white
  • New filter capability so players can view by their preferred server type which translates into dedicated servers offering better performance
  • Now force a refresh of the notifications screen each time it is activated
  • Hacking terminals are now easier for the attacking team
  • Added 10 seconds to each defending team’s spawn time in Stopwatch mode
  • Fixed issue with caltrop models not always being updated properly

That’s all for now. As soon as we have more information on the titles updates for PS3 & 360, as well as the release date for Agents of Change, we’ll let everyone know.

QuakeCon 2011 Tournament Line Up Announced

With QuakeCon just over two week away, we’ve got details on this year’s tournaments. Get the full scoop in the press release below…

QUAKECON 2011 TOURNAMENT LINE UP ANNOUNCED

July 18, 2011 (Rockville, MD) – The world’s very best QUAKE LIVE® players will once again gather in Dallas, Texas to take part in intense online tournaments at QuakeCon® 2011, being held August 4-7, 2011 at the Hilton Anatole. Top professionals will compete in the Intel-sponsored QUAKE LIVE Duel Invitational Masters and the Intel® QUAKE LIVE Team Deathmatch Invitational Masters and contend for a share of over $40,000 in prize money.  Also new to this year’s QuakeCon®, up-and-coming players will have the opportunity to prove their gaming expertise in the Brink Open Championships.

This year, players competing in the tournaments will all be using the same kind of computers thanks to Dell. Players will be using the Alienware Aurora, which combines the latest in gaming technology to deliver a premier gaming experience to even the most demanding hard core gaming fan.

QuakeCon, which is free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to see the greatest players in the world compete in highly-competitive tournaments. Matches will also be broadcast live each day of the competitions on large screens with play-by-play commentary from this year’s shoutcasters who will capture all of the energy, excitement and behind-the-scenes drama, with live match coverage, player interviews and expert analysis.

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Update on Brink: DLC, title updates, and new screenshots (Updated)

Update 6/24: To be clear, as long as you download Agents of Change during the first two weeks it’s available, you’ll always be able to play for free. It’s only after the first two weeks that folks will have to purchase the content on Xbox LIVE, PSN, or Steam.  Hope that clears up any confusion.

Original Post: We’re back with new details on Brink DLC and the upcoming title updates for the game.

The game’s first DLC, Agents of Change, will be a FREE DOWNLOAD for two weeks on Xbox LIVE, PSN, and Steam! The content is currently in submission at Microsoft and Sony, and we expect it to release in early July. As previously mentioned, the DLC features two all-new environments, five new player abilities, two new outfits, and two new weapon attachments. You can find more details in our previous post, and be sure to check out the screenshots above.

In tandem with the DLC, the teams at Splash Damage and Bethesda have been hard at work on the next major title update for Brink. The update is highlighted by online optimizations, AI enhancements, and weapon balance tweaks based on player feedback. A separate, incremental update is now available on PC, while players of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of Brink can expect the full title update alongside the release of Agents of Change.

On behalf of everyone at Bethesda and Splash Damage, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of Brink. We’ll be sharing more information as soon as possible.

 

Please Read: Hack attempts against our websites and forums

Over the past weekend, a hacker group attempted an unlawful intrusion of our websites to gain access to data. We believe we have taken appropriate action to protect our data against these attacks. While no personal financial information or credit card data was obtained, the hackers may have gained access to some user names, email addresses, and/or passwords. As a precaution, we recommend that all our fans immediately change passwords on all our sites — including our community forumsstatistics site for Brink, and here on the blog.

If your username/email address/password is similar to what you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. As we don’t know what further plans the hackers may have, we suggest that you keep an eye out for suspicious emails and account activity.

We regret any inconvenience that these attacks on us cause for you. These attacks will be evaluated to determine if there are any additional protections we might take that would be prudent.

Brink statistics site now online for PS3 & 360 users

More than a million matches. Over 10 billion XP points earned. And more than 80 years of playtime. Wow, you’ve been busy!

Beginning today you can track these stats and much more on our all-new Brink statistics site.Visit Battle.BrinkTheGame.com for in-depth players stats, match summaries, and the Battle for the Ark – a weekly meta-game between Security and Resistance.

In addition to the statistics, we’ve got an update planned for this summer that will help with setting up tournaments and clan recruitment. Stay tuned for more details.

To learn how to track your progress, check out our FAQ after the break.

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Holiday Weekend Update

There’s plenty of pre-E3 talk for Prey 2, Skyrim, and RAGE at the following sites:

While it’s been a few weeks since Brink’s release, but there’s plenty of cool stuff to share:

Additional news for RAGE, Prey 2, Skyrim, Honest Hearts, and more after the break…

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Brink DLC Details and Stats Site Update

Update 5/29: The title update is live on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Original Post:Today we’ve got some exciting news to share about two big Brink updates in the works.

First up, the statistics site will be going live next Tuesday for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players. PC players can look forward to it going up very soon. This site, located at brinkthegame.com, will be your hub for in-depth stats, including data on matches, players and the overall progress in the weekly Battle for the Ark. Check out the screenshot above for a sneak peek and dig up that VIP code as you’ll need it to register once the stats page is live.

On top of that, the Agents of Change DLC is just on the horizon, slated for release in June. The pack will bring new maps, abilities, character customization options and weapon attachments to Brink, while also raising the level cap to 24. Here’s a full list of the DLC content:

New Maps

  • Founders’ Tower – The revolution finally reaches the island’s iconic spire and takes the battle for the Ark to dizzying heights.
  • Labs – Venture into the depths of the Ark’s original research and development laboratories, a submerged high-tech facility so far untouched by the civil war.

New Player Abilities

  • UAV – This stealthy and lethal device allows Operatives to automatically mark nearby enemies on their radar. For more explosive fun, they can even take direct control of the UAV and detonate it near unsuspecting foes.
  • Napalm Grenade – Soldiers can use this new grenade to cover an area in a sea of deadly flames.
  • Pyro Mine – Engineers can plant these mines and leave enemies in the epicenter of a massive napalm explosion.
  • Field Regen Unit – Medics can deploy these units to increase the health regeneration of any nearby teammates.
  • Tactical Scanner – This universal ability allows players to reveal the active buffs of their opponents, allowing them to pick off enemies more strategically.

New Weapon Attachments

  • Bayonets – Gain the edge in melee combat and cause extra damage with these deadly blades.
  • Weapon Shields – Take cover from enemy fire and prevent headshot bonus damage behind riot-style shields.

New Character Outfits

  • The Sad Punk – Add a touch of Steampunk to your Resistance character.
  • The Limey – Bring order to the Ark with this outfit inspired by traditional European police.

In addition to these updates, we’re happy to let you know that the updates we described last week will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this weekend.

Latest game update for Brink now on Steam

As detailed last week, our new update for Brink is now live on Steam. Below is the changelog that breaks everything down:

General:

  • Fixed sound dropping out when playing networked games
  • Improved graphical performance, especially when using Ambient Occlusion
  • Fixed voice packs being reset to default when you delete another character
  • Removed ability to use certain cheat protected commands in challenges
  • Fixed memory leak/crash when alt-tabbed out

User Interface:

  • Full servers are no longer filtered out of the browser
  • Added support for entering a range of numbers (i.e. 10-12) in server filters
  • Reduced font size in the server browser
  • Exiting Head customization returns to the correct menu
  • Fixed being unable to bind KP_Enter in the UI
  • Increased font size of in-game text chat
  • ‘Enter’ now closes text chat prompt if empty
  • Fixed challenge in menu flashing even after completion

Dedicated Servers:

  • Improved dedicated server CPU performance
  • Fixed NPC not spawning for escort objectives online on servers using unsupported cvars

As soon as we have new details on the game updates for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, we’ll let you know.