Dirty Bomb developer Splash Damage is launching a closed alpha testing period for the upcoming free-to-play shooter today, and the studio released a video explaining its Echo analytics system for balancing the game.
"We've always believed that team-based multiplayer is more thrilling than single-player," said Splash Damage in the video. A sister company, Fireteam, developed a system called Echo to track minute details of the way people are playing Dirty Bomb, and Splash Damage is using the statistics it gathers through Echo to inform gameplay balance tweaks. Development of Echo was led by Dave Johnston, creator of the classic Counter-Strike map de_dust.
Splash Damage gave the example of heat maps (diagrams showing where kills occur) in Dirty Bomb's Waterloo map. Once the company...
Dirty Bomb developer Splash Damage put out the first gameplay footage of the shooter today, showing off an objective-based game type, and launched a "Founder's Club" for fans who want to support the title's development monetarily and receive some perks in return.
The three-minute video features two teams competing for control of city streets in London an objective-based game type, with the defending squad constructing barriers that the attackers have to destroy with C4 explosives. Most of the shooting action takes place "from the hip," although there are a few instances of aiming down a weapon's sights. Dirty Bomb features different playable classes, as teammates revived each other with defibrillators.
"We have a decade of critically acclaimed multiplayer releases and commercial...
Climax Studios, Lucid Games, Ninja Theory and Splash Damage will mentor finalists in Epic Games' Make Something Unreal Live contest, according to a press release from Epic.
Developers at each studio will offer advice and guidance for the final four teams of aspiring developers, who are creating games using Epic's free Unreal Development Kit.
The finalists and games include:
Team Summit from Dundee, Scotland's University of Abertay will develop Beings, "a 3D puzzle platformer based on realistic genetic inheritance laws," with help from Lucid Games (former Bizarre Creations developers, Geometry Wars).
Kairos Games from the U.K.'s Staffordshire University will develop Polymorph, "a game of exploration and discovery through a beautiful tribal world," with help from Ninja Theory (D...
Splash Damage today announced Dirty Bomb, a new free-to-play multiplayer shooter in development for PC from the U.K. studio.
Warchest was founded by former Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgwood and current board advisor for the studio Richard Jolly in April of this year. Both Warchest and Splash Damage will bring new multiplayer titles to the table for iOS, PC and consoles. The first of these is RAD Soldiers for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, said by the publisher to be coming soon.
Dirty Bomb will be powered by Fireteam, a single back-end service designed to easily integrate online features into games across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms. The system also offers developers the ability to include in-game microtransaction tools and provides an analytics tool for...