Splash Damage snipes Killzone 2 lead

Quake Wars developer signs on Guerrilla Games' top level designer to fill same role on Bethesda-published multiplatform game.

In May 2008, Splash Damage offered the initial clues on its first project since the well-received PC edition of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, saying that it had entered into a long-term development deal with Fallout 3 creators Bethesda Softworks. Since then, the London-based studio has been bulking up on industry talent, announcing in December that Fable II lead designer Paul Ham would take over as creative lead at the studio.

Today, Splash Damage said that it has acquired yet one more industry heavyweight. The company announced that Killzone 2 lead level designer Neil Alphonso will fill the same role on the Bethesda-published game. Prior to his stint at Guerrilla Games, which shipped its highly rated PlayStation 3-exclusive shooter in February, Alphonso served as an environment designer on Ubisoft's original Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and as a level designer on 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever.

Very little is known about Bethesda and Splash Damage's upcoming game. The project has been referred to only as a "AAA multiplatform title," though neither a genre nor platform have been named. However, thus far, Splash Damage has built its name in the first-person shooter field, having been founded in 2001 by several members of the id Software mod-making community.

Splash Damage also noted today that since announcing its development deal with Bethesda, the studio has doubled in size. It is continuing to seek development talent in the roles of art, design, and programming.

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Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

sounds interesting....but i have other games to play so i will see i LOVE enemy territory quake wars though

TheExpertPro
TheExpertPro

'The Best FPS' can work on 'The Best Hardware'. U kno what is that hardware :D

krazyholic
krazyholic

PS3 users are so used to average games that they see this gam like it's the great thing. I own both PS3 and the 360 and the PS3 ain't got nothing on the 360 in games

halfpike95
halfpike95

killzone looks awsome. the cover system is better than any other game's duck/cover system is.The game looks rediculouse i wish i had a ps3 so i could play it.

amulbocus
amulbocus

thebanewolf - What did you not understand that pirate gunner said? the PS3 gets the weaker version because the xbox360 is the lead platform i.e inferior to the PS3, so we get a version of a game that was created on inferior technology that does not make use of the Cell processor etc. The discussion about which is better is over, the ps3 is better in every way, and now th exclusives are coming matey its gonna get worse for the 360, whcih is good console, but no match for the ps3. If the 360 is like a V6 engine, the ps3 is definitly a supercharged V8, good metaphor i think. I do agree with the PC/PS3 comparison, the PS3 has no chance against a performance PC, but very close in terms of functionality.

thebanewolf
thebanewolf

lol @ pirategunner, your console is destroying the xbox's and PC's exclusives.. and inferior system? the PS3 hasn't got **** on the PC you dimwit. ultimately all consoles dumb down games when not built for the PC.

pirategunner
pirategunner

@devoid27 dont forget Generic, and overrated! Every other FPS feels Arcady compared to KZ2. Progressive FPS!!

pirategunner
pirategunner

Hopefully the Playstation 3 becomes the primary system in which developers build a multiplat game around.this way PS3 owners get the better version of a multiplat game.No more Dumbed down versions comming from an inferior system.

devoid27
devoid27

Halo fanboys piss off! Stop downgrading Killzone with your cartoony game. Go play the wii

bodylotion
bodylotion

it's fun to watch that everyone that criticizes Fallout 3 get's a thumb down. These people probably never played the original and fallout 2. What's wrong with criticizing a game ? I never said FO3 was bad.

def_mode
def_mode

its a good sign. this is great news

felipenet7
felipenet7

Now they'll have someone who masters the PS3 great news! Fallout 3 was a big ps3 disappointment due to lack of ps3 knowledge at Bethesda!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope something good comes out of this

GatCloudX
GatCloudX

hopefully they dont screw over the ps3 version with exclusive dlc again

josef8
josef8

yea bethesda FPS shooter again

TheHH
TheHH

man i would love to see killzone 2 on the pc because nothing beats a mouse and keyboard in fps

gow117
gow117

sounds interesting..hoping for the best

iceveiled
iceveiled

Good for him. Hopefully he gets a raise. And if he's reading, please allow me to carry more than one rifle in your next FPS. Thanks.

rebound2
rebound2

@Revan 911 Not Bethesda as in Fallout/Elder Scrolls creator... a company under Bethesda's publishing monacre called Splash Damage that developed Quake Wars (which was pretty decent)

Merl57
Merl57

it will definitely get a lot of hype

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

Whatever happened to that Bethesda game, Rogue Warrior that was based on Marcinko (Navy SEAL) books. The game had great ideas and vision for multiplayer, and it just looked sick. Any ideas what happened?

Revan_911
Revan_911

Yes like Bethesda can create good shooters.

shii666
shii666

Well, it is certainly going to be on the ps3, and certainly the xbox 360, and possibly the pc. It is obviously going to be a shooter. I bet it will be amazing.

navstar29
navstar29

The Killzone 2 level design is absolutely amazing, I wonder what Splash Damage is cooking up.

jasonbarbour
jasonbarbour

I loved the Killzone 2 level design so I hope he continues his work as lead level designer into other games. It was probably a smart move for him creatively, as the Killzone style is set, and he would have less room to maneuver and experiment in the future if he stayed on for a KZ3, this way he can move on and continue to create something new and fresh.

makemeweak
makemeweak

I think this hire further supports the assumption that they are working on some type of FPS.

SteelSoldier13
SteelSoldier13

i found in fallout you had to many different options and it wasn't straight forward enough, to complicated for my taste

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Fallout 4 will probably fail miserably even more than Fallout 3.

bodylotion
bodylotion

Maybe it's a good thing Bethesda doubled in size. This way they can work both on the new Elder Scrolls and Fallout 4 and fix all the bad parts about Fallout 3. Fallout 4 will probably take place around New York City.

McVaFfLe
McVaFfLe

I have a feeling Duke is coming... .> (Not that I've lost faith to that game.. ^^ )

arcelonious
arcelonious

I agree with JackHoleFace00, Killzone 2's levels are amazing, so whatever game Splash Damage is developing, I'm sure it has the potential to be really good.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Splash damage have an extremely poor record, lets see what they do now.

cjasko94
cjasko94

so this means no map packs?? cuz killzone2 really needs some more maps....i mean look at halo3 they have like over 20 maps and most of them are good!!

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Too bad for Sony/Guerilla Games on losing that guy. Killzone 2's levels really are amazing. I don't think I'm over-stating it when I say they might be the best designed levels ever. There are towers, bridges, open courtyards, cramped stairwells, underground passageways, etc. I never really thought about how well the level design can complement the overall game till playing KZ 2. It's not just the length and width, it's how vertical they are. You can be in the middle of a firefight with one guy, then get blasted by a grenade launcher from a guy two stories above you. It's awesome stuff (my personal faves are Corinth Crossing and Helghan Industries). I just hope he continues his great work.

EPaul
EPaul

50 bucks it's a shooter!

am_shaegar_nr1
am_shaegar_nr1

@the_real_VIP You have no ideea what a level designer means do you?

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

hope its for the ps3 is all i'm asking...and not alien like

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

@ ALLoY1717: Level designer: designing levels; not producer or project lead or project manager. So the delay is not really from him.

Jade_Monkey
Jade_Monkey

Splash hasn't failed me yet, I have faith in this game.

enix165
enix165

Ooh, someone that worked on Duke Nukem Forever...XD But anyways, looks like we have some good people here, should be a good game...whatever it's gonna be. XD

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

"AAA multiplatform title," i rather i they 2 separate exclusives since exclusives usually plays better than multiplatform

beekayjay
beekayjay

Guaranteed? Hahahaha....oh man....the naivete....its almost cute.