Wanted to share an update on Brink from Splash Damage’s Paul Wedgwood – the Game Director on Brink.
Now that Brink has been released in North America, we’ve had hundreds of thousands of people create their character and join the civil war for the Ark. Seeing the game out there being played and enjoyed by so many is very exciting for us, and we’ve been hopping into multiplayer matches ourselves to get in on the action with all of you.
Before we dive into this blog update, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who’s been sharing their feedback about Brink. We keep a close eye on what all of you have been saying about the game and wanted to give you an update on what’s been happening on our end:
We’ve now put up our first game update on the Xbox 360, which went live at launch. It addresses several of the issues raised in some of the early US reviews of the game and brings with it some major improvements.
Most importantly, this update significantly reduced texture loading times thanks to improved hard-drive caching. It also improves client prediction when playing online – in other words, you’ll experience much less “rubber banding” in multiplayer. We’ve also fixed several issues that could lead to the game freezing, and resolved an issue where Brink would insist on playing all of the training videos rather than just the introductory one.
If you’ve not yet got the update, simply restart the game while your Xbox is connected to the internet.
We’ve also been getting new reports of lag when playing online, especially in matches with lots of human players. We’re all huge multiplayer fans here at the office and we know how important a lag-free online experience is. We’re urgently investigating this issue and seeing what we can do to improve things in that area. Stay tuned.
Information on PS3, PC, and the game’s upcoming statistics site after the break…
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Over the past few months, we’ve seen a surge of requests from the community asking about Brink’s PC system requirements. Today we’ve got those details PLUS information on how the game uses Steamworks. Lets start with the latter…
With the inclusion of Steamworks, players will have the following features…
- Steam Achievements
- VOIP (in addition to the already existing in-game chat)
- VAC (Valve Anti Cheat)
- Dedicated Servers
- Friends Support
- Steam Cloud (for save data)
After the break, check out the game’s minimum and recommended system specs…
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Update: Dead Money is now available on PSN in the US
The adventures of Fallout: New Vegas continue on PC and PS3 today!
New Vegas’ first game add-on, Dead Money, is now available on Steam in North America and Europe. The content is also available on the US PlayStation Store, and on Wednesday it will be available in Europe and other PAL territories. The content is available on both platforms for $9.99.
Unless you’ve been stuck in a Vault, you probably know that Fallout: New Vegas was released yesterday. We’re thrilled that so many people are enjoying the game, but we also realize there are a few issues that you guys have been reporting.
We have just released an automatic update for the PC version of Fallout: New Vegas that resolves quest and scripting issues. Be sure to restart Steam to ensure the update is downloaded on your next launch of the game. We’re also working hard to make this update available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game as soon as possible, and will let you know as soon as we have the dates they’ll be up.
The issue regarding the PlayStation 3 digital pre-order bonuses has also been resolved. Users should attempt to re-enter the codes to download their bonuses. Should the “80023156″ error continue, we ask that players wait 24 hours before entering the code again. The code should then activate the bonus without any issue.
In addition to the updates, we’ve also released the official G.E.C.K. editor for the PC version of Fallout: New Vegas. You can download it from the Fallout G.E.C.K. page. The editor will also be available on Steam shortly.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on issues that are reported within the community.
Update: With the game out in Australia, we have this info to pass along:
Anyone in Australia or New Zealand who pre-ordered Fallout: New Vegas on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – and received a pre-order code for downloadable content – will be able to download the content beginning Friday, October 22nd at 10:00am AEDT. Should the content become available sooner, we’ll be in touch with an update.
Stay tuned for the latest.
To celebrate QuakeCon, we’ve got several deals on Steam this weekend….
- DOOM Pack (feat. Ultimate DOOM, DOOM II, Master Levels for DOOM II, Final DOOM, DOOM 3, DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil) — $13.60 (66% off, Friday Only!)
- QUAKE Collection (feat. QUAKE, QUAKE Mission Packs: Scourge of Armagon and Dissolution of Eternity, QUAKE II, QUAKE II Mission Packs: Ground Zero and The Reckoning, QUAKE III Arena, and QUAKE III: Team Arena) — $10.00 (75% off, This Sunday!)
- Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe — $8.50 (66% off, Thursday Only!)
- Fallout 3 GOTY — $25 (50% off, Saturday Only!)
- QuakeCon 2010 Pack — $69.99 (50% off, Thursday-Sunday!)
Be sure to note that each deal is one day only — with the exception of the QuakeCon 2010 Pack, which you can get for 50% off between now and Sunday. Below is the full list of titles included within this pack, hit the jump below…
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Wanted to share a few promotions that are currently going on titles from Bethesda Game Studios…
Gamestop has some crazy deals on popular titles, including Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (PS3/360) for $39.99. For more details head here.
Elsewhere, if you’re trying to save on Fallout 3 GOTY on PC — there’s notable deals at both Direct2Drive and Steam. Through Friday, D2D is selling the game at $24.95 (that’s half off). Meanwhile Steam has announced the Bethesda Pack –featuring Fallout 3: GOTY, Morrowind GOTY, and Oblivion GOTY Deluxe for a package price of $69.99 (that’s a total savings of $24.98).
As always, if we see any noteworthy deals, we’ll keep you in the know.
We get a lot of questions here at Bethblog HQ. Mainly about werewolves. However, over the last few weeks we’ve received more than a few inquiries about purchasing Fallout 3 DLC on Steam separately. Today we have a pretty satisfactory answer on the issue: Yes You Can.
In a fitting event to mark the birthday of Washington, DC, Steam now features all five Fallout 3 add-ons for individual purchase. In fact, here’s a handy link to all of the DLC pages on the Steam store. Please note: the Steam DLC is only compatible with the Steam version of Fallout 3. That said, happy content downloading.
It’s not a bird, or a plane — it’s the id Software Super Pack, and it’s now on sale for just $34.99 on Steam.
The Super Pack includes an impressive list of 22 games, spanning id franchises like DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein and more. The assortment amounts to a $194 value, which is normally discounted to $69.99. And for the Summer Steam sale, that price has now been cut in half.
It’s a great deal, and it’s running through July 5th — more than enough time to notify your friends and organize some old-school shooter action.
It’s Bethesda Weekend on Steam, and that means we’ve taken over the Steam store frontpage. Not by force this time, but rather by offering awesome deals on Bethesda games for anyone that preorders Fallout: New Vegas.
Go here to reserve your copy of New Vegas and get the Caravan Pack pre-order bonus. Additionally, they’re running the following sales:
- 50% off on Fallout 3 GOTY ($24.99)
- 66% off on Oblivion GOTY ($8.50)
- 75% off on Morrowind GOTY ($5.00)
Or, you can pick up all three games plus New Vegas for just $88.48. That should more than keep you busy until New Vegas is released this fall.
As previously announced, Fallout 3 DLC is the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week. For one week only, Xbox LIVE Gold Members can purchase Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta for 400 Microsoft Points each.
In other 50% off news, Steam is slashing prices in half for all QUAKE games between Monday, March 29th (starting at 5PM PST) and Thursday, April 1st (ending at 4 PM PST).
Now if Nick can just make some cookies in celebration of the QUAKE Sale.