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Splash Damage releases first Dirty Bomb gameplay footage, launches Founder's Club

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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 successes, but we must learn from our big mistakes too," said the developers in a blog post. "We have titles that were played for years, and some with player bases that decayed in months. We've demonstrated our dedication to multiplayer team-play, and proven our focus on engaging our fans, but not every title was the perfect team game." Splash Damage previously made Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and the lukewarmly received Brink.

Interested parties can pay for entry into the Founder's Club on the website for the PC-exclusive free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter. The Founder's Club includes priority access to Dirty Bomb's closed beta, which is expected to be available in early 2013. Those who pay for the higher tiers — the "Inner Circle" will also get into the upcoming closed alpha period. Splash Damage notes that players don't have to pay for beta access, but those who do will get in early.

Founder's Club members will also receive exclusive in-game characters and other items to mark their founder status, and other perks include a soundtrack and art book. And they'll be able to shape Dirty Bomb's development with feedback on the game's forums.