Bethesda suffers Splash Damage

Fallout publisher enters into long-term development deal with creator of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

With Activision enlisting others to create the upcoming console editions of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, original developer Splash Damage hasn't had an announced project to work on since October. However, gamers today learned a little bit more about the company's upcoming projects when Bethesda Softworks announced a long-term development partnership with Splash Damage.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Bethesda said details about Splash Damage's next project would arrive in the coming months.

Founded in 2001, Splash Damage was made up of members of the PC mod-making community. The studio has been closely tied to id Software's projects, rising to prominence with the Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory multiplayer add-on and contributing multiplayer maps to Doom 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein as well.

Bethesda most recently had a hit with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but the publisher has a variety of other projects in the works. In addition to the upcoming postapocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 3, Bethesda is working on the tactical shooter Rogue Warrior and has recently produced a handful of games in the Star Trek universe.

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it009x9281
it009x9281

I think im the only one who enjoyed that quake wars game:(

knifenkill
knifenkill

bethesda should stick with rpg games

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Hmmmmmm... Bethesda aren't a scratch on BioWare, but I love Morrowind. And it's good to hear that there's a studio created from modders!

lilJohnnyboy
lilJohnnyboy

Greatly agreed division 9. Bioware really shows how bad they are when they make games. There story is good but ruined by a rather lame gameplay. It all feels like a scenario, I know all the rpgs and all games are scnenarios but Bioware makes it feel so player created with basic tools.

division_9
division_9

I'd like to see Fallout more like Oblivion since I enjoyed it so much but it also makes me so curious to see how the difference in setting would change the game. After playing Mass Effect I'd say BioWare should write books and not produce videogames. Mass Effect had good story but I felt there wasnt enough in the game to keep me playing.

jacobmjl
jacobmjl

bioware is just as good as bethesda

Neo1O1
Neo1O1

Bethesda creating a shooter? Hmm... I remain skeptical. They should stick to RPG's - they're masters of the genre.

spartanlaser
spartanlaser

If fallout 3 is as good as oblivion then i'll buy it in a heartbeat. I still think that BORDERLANDS is where its at though even though they keep delayin it. which sucks @$$

SystemoDown
SystemoDown

I want this Fallout game more than Elder Scrolls oddly. I am curious how itll be. From what ive read and seen the only thing that can kill the game is a horrible combat system cause its a Rpg/shooter.

Agnus_Dei
Agnus_Dei

Everybody wants Elderscrolls V, and so do I. I loved Oblivion - amazing game. I poured almost 300 hours into the game. But lets not forget - rushing a game is always bad. Just look at Flagship Studios and their Hellgate London, or TimeShift (though, TS took 3 - 4 years of developing). Take a leaf out of Valve's book and never rush a release of a game. If Elderscrolls V is too similar to Oblivion, Bethesda will be critizised. They need to wait it out, wait for new technologies to come into the market, and for gamers to upgrade to newer hardware. Elderscrolls V will be great though.

XxFAZExX
XxFAZExX

tes 5 would be out in like 2010

Serious06
Serious06

elder scrolls was awesome. i got like 150 hours into it and did nearly everything. it just got to the point where there was absolutely no excitement left whatsoever. thats why I don't get how some people are supposively 500 hours into it and stuff. thats just ridiculous. what do you do, just walk around the wilderness aimlessly? wow fun... Fable 2 and Fallout 3, yeah!!

hannagargour
hannagargour

After Oblivion, Bethesda can do whatever they want. Common guys! Elder Scrolls V can wait... WE WANT FALLOUT NOW!

jacobmjl
jacobmjl

at least an expansion for oblicion would be good, even just another "house armor" addon (lol) would be good

ninjarat
ninjarat

Elder Scrolls V now please!

i_am_dummy
i_am_dummy

What???? No Elder Scrolls game????

Shishio817
Shishio817

Same her cooldude03, though Fallout 3 will keep me entertained for a while.

blazelie
blazelie

Alls fine with me. I absolutely love The Elder Scrolls series! Same with cooldide03 and titust755, "As long as I get another Elder Scrolls gmae then I'm happy."

cooldude03
cooldude03

As long as I get another Elder Scrolls game then I'm happy.

Ozzza
Ozzza

Bethesda rules. Oblivion is the best game ever created. Yes, I've heard all the arguments about it's flaws, but that just makes me hope that Elder Scrolls V could be even better! I've played way more than 500 hours of Obl. And an ES Online will give me even more time in this amazing world. I'm happy about the partnership with Splash Damage too, because both Enemy Territorys are top notch online FPS. @ ASnogarD, like many you're a bit harsh on ET:QW. Camping is not all-evil in this game, because it's actually a built-in tactic since the mission objectives are centered at stationary battle-points. Also, ET:QW rewards team players, not snipers and ultra-campers.

Magik8
Magik8

@ChudWarrior: then try Morrowind, the third elder scrolls game. Morrowind has it all what you're asking for: more quests, more guilds, more weapons and armor, more skills, more story, etc. But it is also more difficult and there are no map markers and such. It is also more roleplaying.

rebel_punk34
rebel_punk34

Sadly that may not happen for awhile, look how long it took them to make Oblivion. Also the Fighters Stronghold DLC was the last one Bethesda would release. But Fallout 3 is what I'm waiting for. And yes, bholman99...that is a very disturbing avatar...

ChudWarrior
ChudWarrior

I want another Oblivion! NOW!! Or at least more and more game content with more achievements. MORE by the way bholman99 that is one of the most disturbing avatars I've seen in a while, possibly ever.

Yokuz1166
Yokuz1166

I don't like partnerships. They don't usually work out well.

brownba3
brownba3

I really wouldn't want to favorably compare Fable - in any of its incarnations to Fallout - including brotherhood of steel... I couldn't finish any of them - not a great interface. Humorguy_basic is what the gaming community used to be full of - and not a bad thing. "uncultivated and un-educated gaming analysts like you make me worried about the next generation." Not sure where Kid Locust received his "cultivation" and "education," but his criticisms are a little harsh. I want someone who has played several of the games and has concerns/criticisms writing and analyzing these things. I'm not familiar with Splash Damage but did have some issues with Oblivion - sure it was huge and had a large number of quests and was a RPG, but I played it once and never went back. - It was too repetitive and I didn't like the single person perspective. I got bored about 3/4 of the way through and finished it just to finish it. I have played the various fallouts several times and just went back and played them again to warm up for #3. Looking forward to this game - wish them (and me as a gamer) the best of luck. Wish it would get here sooner and I HOPE THEY AREN'T CHANGING THEIR DEVELOPER FOR FALLOUT THREE NOW!! -unless this is just for console gaming - and then I don't care one bit!

phase4illini
phase4illini

Splash Damage always does the gaming community proud, I cannot see this being anything other than a win-win.

Proman84
Proman84

As long as we get "The Elder Scrolls V" I'll be happy.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

I have every Elder Scrolls game even from the Arena days, but why did Bethesda intentionally ruin all of those Trek Games?

majidok
majidok

I thought something bad has happened to Bethesda at first when I read the headline ! Not funny at all

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

Hardly and of those star trek games were decent why dont they take their time with one!!!!! so it becomes a hit

markimsoad
markimsoad

fallout series are perfect games. Oblivion too!!!

KidLocust
KidLocust

Humorguy_basic, uncultivated and un-educated gaming analysts like you make me worried about the next generation. I'm thrilled to hear of Bethesda expanding into a partnership with Splash Damage. I really think the partnership could make some great games. Perhaps this will increase the chance of seeing some 2 player co-op similar to Fable 2's Co-Op system via DLC or patching. Speculation, but hopes held high (:

ronnet
ronnet

Old RPG lasted 100+ hours, with today's graphics developers ahve to spend more time designing the world. Then making it all look and work nice with shadow effects and gravity issues. WHen your making a linear FPS its not that hard but RPG lose a lot of their length to this. Bethesda succeeded in making a RPG that looks great and has a lot fo hours in it. Sure Morrowind was longer but Oblivion isnt short, infact its the longest single player game of this generation. I hope Bethesda sticks to the RPG genre, not only with TES and FO but also with new franchises because that is what they are good at.

zeus_gb
zeus_gb

I think it's good that Bethesda are expanding their product range even if another dev studio is making it. It shows that the Bethesda studio is in a healthy state.

outofTHEashesXX
outofTHEashesXX

humorguy_basic just because an RPG has guns dosent mean its becoming FPS

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Betheseda, slowly moving away from harder programming to easy progamming. Unfortunately, they are not alone. Or put it another way, this is just another sign that hardcore AAA gaming will become one genre and one genre alone: The FPS. The reasons? The FPS can be 12 hours long and the media will not complain at all about 'lack of content/gameplay', this means, in the simple media/publishers minds, that we will buy more games than when we buy RPG's and play them for 100 hours. The FPS does not need much in the way of AI or NPC interaction and can be written using a third party engine by a small group of programmers/artists. The RPG generally needs specialist code, sophisticated AI and believable NPC's. The FPS does not have to be terribly immersive, and can indeed be quite shallow without the media getting upset. RPG's have to be much deeper with better storytelling and depth of character interaction. FPS's can be quite average and still get 85% plus. RPG's can be quite good but will generally not get about 85%. Oblivion got high review scores despite being quite shallow as an RPG, mostly because of fantastic graphics. It was not marked down for having PC requirements that were too high because of this, hence other developers and Bethesda have come to the conclusion that future RPG's can be closer to FPS's (Mass Effect/Fallout 3) and the media will not complain. Look back over the last decade and it is quite obvious, especially on PC, that any genre other than the FPS gets a rough road to market (with the odd exception). Quite simply, quite bad FPS's have got 90% and quite good RPG's have got 78%. This is unlikely to turn around. Hence Bethesda's move to ''tactical shooters' and the FPS genre.

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

Why Tactical-Shooter? Bethesda's RPG games was great and I hope they would keep that line

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

I am looking forward to Fall out 3 but the other projects all sounds interesting as well!

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

I would like to hear more about this Rogue Warrior. Sounds like it could be interesting. Fallout 3 is probably a hit. Hopefully Bethesda puts out The Elder Scrolls V: Awakened

Pete5506
Pete5506

Thats to bad, I cant for fallout

Ad-2cool4u
Ad-2cool4u

lol @ dark_monk56, very true, this could be good :D

dark_monk56
dark_monk56

Was a little worried at first, but it seems like they should make a really good team. A company famous for extremely mod-able games, and a company made up of mod-makers. What can go wrong?

Merl57
Merl57

wow! I cant wait for Splash Damage and Activision to team up both of single and multiplayer