Meet Brink’s Lead Animator

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Over at Splash Damage‘s site, they’ve got a new developer profile. This time around, they’re featuring Brink’s Lead Animator, Fabrice ‘faaab’ Bouvet. Fabrice went to school at Les Gobelins (an animation school in Paris), worked on Splinter Cell: Double Agent, and is a big fan of Quake. To learn more about him, read the full developer profile here.

As new developer profiles and information for Brink show, we’ll keep you in the know.

Around the web

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In addition to plenty of Point Lookout coverage, we’ve got web updates for Brink, Broken Steel, and WET.

Starting with Brink, there’s lots to share. With the help of Steve ‘Badman’ Hessel, we’ve got a Facebook page up for the game. Join the group here.

In news, PlayStation Insider put together their E3 Wrapup, where they included Brink among their list of titles they wish they could’ve played. Here’s what they said:

“The first thing I said to myself when I sat down and watched the demo of Brink is this: ‘this is the only other game to look as good as Uncharted 2.’  Yes, Brink really does look sharp and it stands out.”

Moving on, GameShark interviewed Creative Director Richard Ham and Senior Game Designer Ed Stern at E3 to find more about the game. Here’s a sample:

GS (B): So my question is, for every class is there one specific action, multiple actions or is it still being worked on?

RH: First of all, it’s very much an RPG-Lite. As you’re earning levels and leveling up there’s a lot of new abilities you can unlock. You can choose to focus only one one class or spread out amongst all of them, but at any given point, right now at any given point, there are way too many things you that could be doing depending on what class you are, and right now we’re kind of limiting it to six.

You can find the rest of GameShark’s interview here. Elsewhere, don’t miss AusGamers’ double dip of coverage —  they’ve got an interview with Richard, as well as a new preview.

For additional Brink news, GamersRoute has their E3 preview up, Gamasutra recapped Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgwood’s speech at yesterday’s Game Horizon Summit, and Gamerzines included the game in their Best of E3 list.

Moving to other games, there’s a new review for Broken Steel up at Game Industry News. Speaking of DLC #3, Game Daily’s giving away Broken Steel codes for Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE. For a chance to win, join their Facebook page.

Wrapping up this “Around the Web,” the guys at Machinima have a new interview with WET Lead Designer Ash Ismail.

Until the next time…gstaff out.

E3 Roundup: More Brink Coverage

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We hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s a catch up on some of the new coverage out for Brink.

We begin with Team Xbox, who announced their Best of E3 2009 Awards — naming Brink the Most Innovative title at the show. Below is a snippet from the feature:

“The innovation that really hit us where we live was the mission design of Brink, the shooter from Splash Damage that ever so subtly is blurring the lines between multiplayer and single player gameplay.”

Below are some more accolades the game received following E3…

  • Best New IP — 411 Mania
  • Most Likely to Succeed — Examiner
  • Post E3 Games to Watch — MSN UK Tech
  • Best Games of E3 (Selection) — Inc Gamers
  • E3 Hidden Gems — Guardian
  • Best Shooter (Runner Up) — Gamespot
  • Shooter of the Show (Runner Up), Multiplatform Game of Show (Runner Up), Best New IP (Runner Up) and Best Multiplayer Game (Runner Up) — GameSpy

There’s a few developer interviews from the show worth checking too. Inc Gamers has a new video interview with Richard Ham and Ed Stern — watch it here. Seems like Richard was pretty busy with interviews — you can hear more from him at Joystiq, Machinima (via YouTube), and Blast Magazine.

In preview coverage, Xbox 360 Achievements has their E3 preview up. Here’s an excerpt:

“However, with the beautiful world you’re thrown into, who’d want to drive when you can walk everywhere and soak in the almost cel-shaded scenery – it’s a truly great art style. Everything visually about the game screams class; from the sparse virtual texturing, the detailed characters with high polygon count, to the large and vivid environments. Simply put, BRINK is a bloody beautiful sight to feast your eyes upon.”

Additional previews are up at HipHopGamerShow, Eurogamer, Worth Playing, CrispyGamer, and N-Philes.

E3 Roundup: Brink

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Behind closed doors at our E3 booth, Splash Damage’s Paul Wedgwood demoed the recently announced Brink. There’s been plenty of coverage on the game — here’s the rundown…

We begin at GameStooge, where after seeing the demonstration, it was declared their Best Game of Show. Here’s an excerpt from their preview:

“Finally, the look of the game is amazing, even in its pre-alpha state, using a proprietary engine Splash Damage dubbed “Virtual Texturing”. The Xbox 360 version featured detailed character models that looked like something Pixar or Dreamworks would release these days; CGI modelling with detailed features such as wrinkles and hairs, but stylistic and smooth.”

Several more accolades have already been announced for the game following E3.  Like WET, Brink was named as one of the Top 15 Original IPs to Debut at the Show by Crave Online. Additionally, PC Pro declared Brink one of the 10 Biggest PC Stories from E3 2009, Xbox 360 Achievements named it their Surprise of the Show, and NowGamer included the game in their Best of E3 list.

Like what you’ve heard about Brink? You can vote for it in the Best Shooter category in Voodoo Extreme’s E3 2009 Reader’s Choice Awards.

If you’d like to learn more about the game straight from the developers, Senior Game Designer Ed “BongoBoy” Stern has interviews up at both Gaming Nexus and the HipHopGamerShow.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty of new preview coverage from our theater presentations. At 1uP, Eric Neigher wrote:

“Brink looks like the next logical evolution of Splash Damage’s Quake Wars, with a bit of Mirror’s Edge thrown in. While the version we saw was pre-alpha, if the final version stays the course with its aesthetic and gameplay elements, Brink looks to be an innovative and exciting addition to the multiplayer combat-game genre.”

Additional previews links are listed after the break.

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Brink site, trailer now online

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In case you missed the world premiere teaser trailer for Brink last night on GTTV, you can watch it on our new site for the game, BrinkTheGame.com.

Brink is being developed by Splash Damage and will release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in Spring 2010. We’ll keep you posted on news/interviews/etc. for the game here on Bethesda Blog. Look for a lot more info on this game next week when E3 swings into action.

Game Reveal on GTTV Tonight!

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Tonight on GTTV (that’s Game Trailers Television), you’ll get a sneak peak at the project we’ve been working on with Splash Damage — with an unveiling during GTTV PRESENTS: VGA-E3 FIRST LOOK 2009 SPECIAL. The special premieres at 11 PM ET on Spike TV.

Here’s more details on the program:

Want to get a look at the hottest games of E3 before anyone else?  GTTV’s Geoff Keighley is joined by actress Rose McGowan to reveal the most anticipated games of the show in front of a live audience in Los Angeles.  See world premiere trailers, an appearance from Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer, and other surprises.

Be sure to tune into Spike TV, and if you can’t, be sure to set your DVR.

New Splash Damage developer profile

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Badman at Splash Damage let me know there’s a new “Things You Were Too Afraid to Ask” developer profile on Splash Damage’s website. This time around, Audio Programmer Simon ‘Bazee’ Price talks about his job, his favorite game, and his awesome haircut. Here’s an excerpt:

How did you end up at Splash Damage?

Simon: I’d heard that Splash Damage were the best. I’d played Quake Wars and I very much enjoyed the depth of game play and the focus on teamwork. So when my current job was up, I went straight to Splash Damage and found that what I’d heard wasn’t far off the mark. I was extremely happy when Splash Damage offered me a position.

To read the rest of the interview, head here. Stay tuned for more information on our project with Splash Damage.

A trio of developer profiles for Splash Damage

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Splash Damage’s community guy, Steve ‘Badman’ Hessel, gave me a head’s up on three new developer profiles up on the Splash Damage site. In their latest “Things You Were Too Afraid to Ask Feature,” we get to learn more about Online Services Programmer Ed ‘MrEd’ Reid, Programmer Diogo ‘fozi’ Teixeira, and Technical Environment Artist Radek ‘ElDonaldo’ Szczepanczyk.

We continue to work with Splash Damage on a new project, and we’ll be sharing more details on the game soon.

Splash Damage lands Killzone 2 Lead Level Designer

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In this week’s Splash Damage update, we’ve got some hiring news. Our friends in London today announced the addition of Neil Alphonso, who worked as the Lead Level Designer on Killzone 2.

Now a member of the Splash Damage team, Neil’s already done a developer Q&A on their site. Here’s a quick look…

What do you do at Splash Damage?

Neil: As Lead Level Designer, I maintain a high level overview of all the different levels in the game, and make sure they fit in with the game’s vision and work together to create something stronger than the sum of the parts. I am of course responsible for the quality of the work our department delivers, but with the talent of the team I’ve inherited, I don’t have to give guidance as much as clear obstacles out of their paths so they can get on with doing their jobs. It’s also my duty to help prioritize different assets and features from other departments that will effect the work of our team, and then chase people around to make sure they get done!

We’re excited about Neil joining the Splash Damage team. When we have new details on the project he’ll be working on, we’ll let you know.