Brink falls off 2010 release calendar

E3 2010: Bethesda's shooter snags its third delay, now coming spring 2011 to PS3, Xbox 360, PC.

LOS ANGELES--While the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo has brought definite release dates for long-awaited software and hardware, fans of Bethesda's upcoming shooter, Brink, have a delay to take in.

Gamers will age a little longer before they get to play Brink.

London-based development house Splash Damage announced a delay for Brink this week at E3, revealing that the studio's shooter will now be released in spring 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Brink was first dated for spring 2010 when Bethesda trademarked the title. It later slid to fall of the same year. The shooter has been delayed again and is now penciled in for a spring 2011 release, which is 12 months beyond the game's original target release window.

As for the game, Brink is a squad-based shooter that was built to incorporate a system called SMART (Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain), which allows players to run freely through the game's environments. The game takes place in a futuristic floating city off the coast of San Francisco, and players can fight through the game's entire campaign as either the Resistance or the Security, the title's warring factions.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Rippedentrails
Rippedentrails

Why not just make a new TES n make 10 times as much money?

Sora_Kid2
Sora_Kid2

People keep saying Brink's S.M.A.R.T is parkour, or is like parkour. It isn't. So far we only that you can vault over obstacles and slide under things. We have no idea if we can run off of walls and do corkscrew flips.

person455
person455

hopefully this is the platforms for the next elderscolls engine that would b sick

apsalar
apsalar

I guess its better to wait and play a well polished game than play an unpolished game. It may also have to do with Bethesda's fiscal year. Maybe they have a gap during the new release date and need a game to fill it in? Who knows..... Good luck team;)

axeman87
axeman87

Meh... this game doesnt do much for me TBH. . Kind of reminds me of Borderlands, which I was very excited about, but after playing it for a while it was just kind of... depressing... post apocalayptic words that are covered in rust, rubbish, desert, slime, wrecks and the like just get really mundane after a while. . Same as Fallout3. Friend of mine hated playing it because he found it depressing.

bnewbolt
bnewbolt

shame about the delay but i hope the guys at splash pull this off, looking forward to it

BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

The parkour has be a bit skeptical of this one...looks good besides that though.

Koosterfish
Koosterfish

Saw it coming. More and more games these days get delayed, but I really hoped that this wouldn't become one of them. Well... They have to finish the game before they can release it, so guess it is worth the wait.

TrueIori
TrueIori

so what left for this year xD?

SoetSout
SoetSout

Brink had the advantage, but if its releasing anything close to bulletstorm release then its gona fail as best FPS multiplayer. Brink was supposed to be this year, i wudve bought it and then Bulletstorm next year... but now that brink is near same time i think its gona fail...

nubowner
nubowner

I'm kinda glad games that are supposed to come in the holidays get delayed, just becuz that means i will be able to buy them all. if i only have enough money for 1 game, but brink and say halo: reach supposedly came out on the same day, to me I'd only buy halo: reach even as good as brink probably will be, i'll go in one direction and the other game gets left out. but if brink got delayed i could buy reach with no guilt and save up to get brink at its new release day, so that way it is a win for everyone!

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

I'm with those who are all for delays to make a game better but seriously, multiple delays are so much the norm now that all developers should take a cue from those like Bethesda and quit announcing a release date at the beginning and simply tell us when the game is going to come out AFTER it is done!

fleshimp91
fleshimp91

the same formula as Borderlands - Art Style + Parkour. Hmm. I just might

SAMARAI117
SAMARAI117

so wait, confirmed to be out nxt year autum or spring coz other sites say autum and others say spring.(i hope autum or atleast not delayed at all)

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

I'm always glad to see devs willing to delay a game to make it better.

Switchblade777
Switchblade777

@jeffv547 i didnt mean it in a bad way, its just this looks epic

jeffv547
jeffv547

@Switchblade777 ... I thought it was funny

Switchblade777
Switchblade777

@jeffv547 well maybe you should read up, this game looks awesome

jeffv547
jeffv547

Way to go gamespot, tell us all about a game we haven't even heard of..

eriktkire
eriktkire

The argument of delay because of competition is definitely the strongest for this delay. Splash delayed Quake Wars multiple times, then when it finally came out it was lost in the hype surrounding a year of mega hyped FPS releases: UT3, Crysis, HL2 Ep1, Bioshock and COD4. ETQW ended up being ignored by alot of people, mostly the hardcore ET and Quake fans kept the faith for that one. And what's coming out this year? Crysis 2, COD7... both of which will most likely have some of the biggest marketing budgets put behind them in gaming history to date. No matter how strong Brink is, I'm sure they don't want to risk a repeat of the ETQW release blunder.

tonyf55
tonyf55

This is very much on my To Get List. This looks great.

BBCsoldierX
BBCsoldierX

I was really hyped about BRINK but hey they delayed it because when its completeley finished its gonna be a really awesome game that does really good in sales and ratings like Borrderlands

H0RSE
H0RSE

To all the people saying it won't do good against other games - Borderlands was a new IP and was released when a bunch of juggernaut titles were releasing, and it did just fine.

DFen
DFen

heh its fine, I could play other sick games thats coming out this yr in the meantime, but definitely buying brink though....

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

I wasn't really impressed by the E3 footage of the game. Most of the E3 games I liked doesn't come out til next year except Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Fallout 3 and Crysis 2.

YoungSinatra25
YoungSinatra25

I'd rather it release when its done then pushed out to meet a deadline... This is what the indusrty and genre's been missing, one word "Innovation". Doing something bold and different. Enough with all these non playable cinematic moments. (COD) Give me gameplay that'll keep my pulse racing. This game just doesn't look good, it also looks exciting to play...

SteeleInd
SteeleInd

@richioso and boom_city They've confirmed the game for online multiplayer, so you WILL be able to see people vaulting over things, it's not just a camera bob on the screen or something. If you look at your friend when he vaults over a box, you will see him vault over the box. It would be a little weird looking if they didn't implement full animations for the SMART system, because people would likely just be clipping into all the map's geometry. From what I could gather from your conversations, I think what you were getting at is that they haven't put in the correct animations for the system. If not, completely disregard what I just said, haha.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

Better to delay it then release it with flaws. No game in the hardcore market is going to make a dent against Halo Reach and to a lesser extend COD Black Ops. Next year I'd say it has a better chance. Mostly because Gears Of War 3 is 3rd person and so isn't really competition, Bulletstorm is a new IP and will probably do well and Killzone 3 will sell it's 1.5 million or whatever and be done, so it has a chance next year at least. I remember how many games delayed last year due to COD MW2, like MAG...lol

freema
freema

Yeah... this would actually matter had there not been 10 other shooters coming out in 2010. Kids will just need to get their frag on with some other generic multiplayer bloodfest.

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

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McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

The SMART movement is great in this game. I'm super excited. Can't wait for it to come out so I can slide into rooms guns blazing and avoid the damn camping sniper headshots. Sucks it was delayed though.

StiffZombie
StiffZombie

It sucks that most delays nowadays are just ways to avoid competition with big games like COD.

ord1000
ord1000

**Sigh** So let me get this straight. It's been delayed by a year now and they are going to release it around about the same quarter as Killzone 3, Bulletstorm and Gears Of War 3? Smart. Real smart........

richioso
richioso

@boom_city Hopefully they do pull it off because the customisation options look really cool and modifying weapons and such is usually rewarding. I think a little bit of head movement while vaulting and such would benefit the game.

boom_city
boom_city

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richioso
richioso

@boom_city Man what are you talkin about? the beef may very well be that the company are touting their SMART system and you son't get to see anything happenning. The problem is not how cool it looks but the implementation of these ideas. Whats the point i doin parkour if you can't see it? "and anyway.. what games have u made recently?" childish much? BTW I like the look of the game but I would like to be able to see the movement, which is not impossible in 1st person (just look at what mirrors edge did).

Chavtheworld
Chavtheworld

PISSED. This was like THE game I wanted this year.

Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

@triple_punse yeah, that's what happened with ET:QW as well and I think that's what ruined the games commercially and critically (although I would still call it successful). I thought that by making a smaller game they were going to avoid this. But I guess not.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Well it gives me more time and money to enjoy all the other games coming this year, so i guess that's a plus. Does anyone know if Bethesda is still using their old Oblivion engine?

triple_punse
triple_punse

I wouldn't've minded a 3-5 month delay but 12 months is ages.

SteeleInd
SteeleInd

@Shkar and N0tYrBeezin, Apparently you guys need to actually look into this game, because you both seem to know nothing at all about it.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

oops - considering the Brink link at the start of all video footage, announcing a delay seems a bit of a balls up. It does look like it will be good fun though - will be interesting to see how well the parkour elements link in

cjasko94
cjasko94

of course. well 11' is turning out to be a GREAT year for gaming. Uncharted 3, Zelda, Last Guardian, Gears 3, KZ3 just to name a few.

metalkid9
metalkid9

This and K3 look awfully similar. But they're both gonna be good.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I'm gonna need a lot of money for this fall and Q1 2011.

ekultus
ekultus

smart move, hold off a little to make sure the game is awesome

boom_city
boom_city

@ N0tYrBeezin, whats your beef with brink?.. its all about submersion, cant swallow your pride and even admit it looks well cool inspite it being completely fictional, and anyway.. what games have u made recently?