Publisher Bethesda Softworks gave E3 2009 press attendees a behind-closed-doors (but hands-off) live gameplay look at Brink which comes from UK-based Splash Damage. They previousy worked with id Software on the free Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and the commerical release Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Brink is obviously an all-original property created from the ground up by Splash Damage and is set on a near-future Earth where the planet's oceans are increasing in size and are flooding the remaining strips of land.
Gallery: Brink Screenshots
In many ways, Brink resembles the now on-hold Arkane Studios project The Crossing with its mix of single and multiplayer. You can play the game entirely off-line but there is also support for team multiplayer modes and co-op for up to eight players. There's even an RPG-lite feature as your character will gain skills and abilities as they play the game more. There are a number of roles you can choose to play including the operative, the soldier, the medic and the engineer.
One cool feature about Brink is a way to side step some movement. If you want you can simply "look" at an area in the level you want to go to and then hit a button. The game takes over and moves you to that point automatically. You can use this feature to also do combo moves. For example you can duck under alarm beams when you hit the button and depending on where your target is located your body automatically moves under it.
The game looks terrific, by the way. Splash Damage is using a more advanced version of their Enemy Territory: Quake Wars technology and the results are highly detailed character models and solid looking level and art design for the game. This title is infrantry-based, at least for the moment so no vehicle action was shown at the E3 2009 demo.
While Brink is still a little ways off yet it looks like the game is turning into one of the better FPS around with some interesting new ideas on how to mix up single and multiplayer levels. We hope to learn more about the game before its release in spring 2010.