Bethesda on the Brink in '10

First teaser trailer unspools for Quake Wars dev Splash Damage's new sci-fi action title, due next spring for Xbox 360, PS3, PC.

Two weeks ago, Bethesda Softworks parent company Zenimax filed an application to trademark the title "Brink" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing indicated a reveal was imminent for one of the projects in Bethesda Softworks' stable, with one of the most likely candidates being the closely guarded game in development at Enemy Territory: Quake Wars developer Splash Damage.

Things quickly turn south for this man.

Today, Bethesda pulled the trigger on Brink, launching a teaser trailer loaded with information concerning the game. Namely, Splash Damage is indeed behind the conflict-heavy action title, which is expected to launch spring 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The trailer also lists Xbox Live and PlayStation Network platforms, indicating Brink will have an online component.

The trailer indicates that Brink will be set in a dystopian future, in which a select few individuals will weather an apocalyptic struggle in the safe confines of a sanctuary--while everyone else battles for their lives.

"They called it the Ark," the voice-over for the trailer begins, showing a towering edifice blurred in the distance. "It was their vision of the future--peaceful, sustainable, the pinnacle of science and engineering." After showing an idyllic sanctuary, the trailer then cuts to a zoomed-in shot of what appears to be a youthful man's eye.

Crackling gunfire replaces the dulcet tones established in the beginning of the trailer, as the narrator continues: "But it became more than that: It became the last promise of salvation on a dying planet. A promise for some, but not for all." The camera slowly zooms out, and the man's eye fluctuates through a range of emotions, with his face seemingly aging in a matter of seconds. As the narrator concludes his discourse, a trail of blood begins to seep from the man's forehead.

Bethesda signed on Splash Damage to a long-term development deal in May 2008. Details on Brink have been few and far between, with Splash Damage only surfacing in the intervening period to announce such high-profile hires as Fable II lead designer and Syphon Filter creative lead Richard Ham and Killzone 2 lead level designer Neil Alphonso.

Bethesda expects to show more of the title during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 1-4. GameSpot will be on hand in Los Angeles to cover the event and deliver more information on Brink as it is revealed.

[CORRECTION] This article originally mis-stated the name of one of Splash Damage's recent hires, Richard Ham.

Written By

Want the latest news about Brink?

Brink

Brink

Discussion

152 comments
Flabergasted117
Flabergasted117

oblivion was great but they are making rogue warior and Wet right now so they cant make another elder scrolls i hope this game is good

VisceriousZERO
VisceriousZERO

Ever since Oblivion, I've been a big fan of Bethesda. Really hoping this one turns out right. But, I have doubts about WET.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

The new game looks pretty good I might get it.

Do-R-Die
Do-R-Die

gameplay would be nice, but bethesda is on fire right now and I'm expecting them to keep up their streak

msudude211
msudude211

Looks interesting, but as others have said - I want some gameplay.

asian_pride69
asian_pride69

No gameplay though. I was expecting that on E3, but nothing. Oh well, maybe they'll reveal something later on.

AlexOvechkin08
AlexOvechkin08

Seems like it has potential to be a great game, which is something Bethesda has been been known to make. Just hope that PS3 users can get some DLC's this time around.......

high344
high344

agreed, have to see the gameplay to judge...

JingWarrior
JingWarrior

Notice the PSN logo at the end? Mean it will have online support? or atleast, Ps3 users will get the DLC on this one. Bethesda make some of the Best games avaliable today.

weewaag1234
weewaag1234

fantastic, the gamespot reporter didnt even bother asking about this....

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

have to see the gameplay to judge

pakhair
pakhair

AWESOME GAME..............

gmax
gmax

Logan's Run, scaled back, without Logan, or the running.

DRS10
DRS10

Don't worry, Bethesda is not developing this game, they're only publishing it. Splash damage is developing Brink. So that means Bethesda's development team can work on Elder Scrolls V!

kade380
kade380

looks like a cross breed between fallout and oblivion but at lest more sci-fi

IRoxxorUrSoxxor
IRoxxorUrSoxxor

This looks awesome, but I wanna see TES V as well :).

sieg6529
sieg6529

No! Bad Bethesda, bad! TESV is not going to make itself!

mennaf
mennaf

fallout las vegas??

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

What's with all these weird new games? Don;t care about Wet or Brink, give us more Fallout or Elder Scrolls, please! :D

matma7
matma7

Whats the point? why even bother!

CptAsbjoern
CptAsbjoern

Cool, but as good as this sounds, I would rather have some news about TES V

shinian
shinian

This is one climatic teaser.

ognen
ognen

Getting this!

Infinite_Access
Infinite_Access

2 guesses. completely new game. or a semi-sequal to fallout, perhaps WAY after fallout 3

Sacif
Sacif

i hope that they have more developed of this character than just a blue eye :P

mightywarlord
mightywarlord

For those mentioning TES 5. I'd bet anything that they've already began working on it, probably days after Oblivion was released, and also that we won't be hearing about it for at least another year, maybe more.

skywarp001
skywarp001

terrible trailer. worst of its kind.

flUx_
flUx_

agreed with vidplayer8. I hate trailers like this. This isn't teasing me, it's making me look at an old guy's eye for 77 seconds.

vidplayer8
vidplayer8

while its a nice trailer, I'm not seeing enough to get excited about.

oKiRe
oKiRe

I knew it.. no TESV till next gen.

benjamin385
benjamin385

This game I hope is similar to ET:qw just with better physics on death.

guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

nappan
nappan

It looks to me like this is going to be the next Oblivion-type engine Bethesda makes. Personally, I like this.

Evilnator
Evilnator

This looks interesting!! i wonder when it will be out.... I hope its RPG/FPS like fallout 3...

plapshapaul
plapshapaul

so... people are fighting for a spot on the Arch, that's an interesting concept, considering that it's coming from bethesda

smzee27
smzee27

C'mon Bethesda, give us Elder Scrolls V!

Person_Number13
Person_Number13

This is probably an RPG considering Bethesda's history. And from the looks of it it will probably be similar to Fallout.

gobbo00
gobbo00

MMM lost me as Soon as Killzone 2 lead level design is envoled. KZ2 singleplayer levels were average at best.(MP mare than made up for it though!)

Gadfly924
Gadfly924

Looks interesting, but as a lot of people on this board have been saying - we need to see more! Maybe some more info will come out after E3.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

This game looks interesting. What is it? A FPS, or RPG? Bethesda is known for its RPGs so probably that. I hope it is...

thedonkeyvote
thedonkeyvote

Valdi_Imrov, surely your sarcasm detector is not that broken?

ShadowJake
ShadowJake

This looks intersting, I want more info