Preview of Bethesda’s Brink (Updated)

Like I have stated in my previous post, I am really excited for the the games coming from Bethesda this year.  Fallout: New Vegas is of course going to be amazing, but they will also be releasing Brink, which is being developed by UK based Splash Damage, the company behind Wolfenstein™: Enemy Territory, and Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars.

Here’s the synopsis according to Splash Damage:

“Brink takes place in the near future on a man-made floating city at sea called the Ark, made up of hundreds of separate islands and spread out over several square miles. Originally built as an experimental self-sufficient and 100% “green” habitat, the reported rapid rise of the Earth’s oceans has forced the Ark to become a refuge for humanity. Crammed with the original Ark Founders (and their descendants) as well as tens of thousands of refugee “Guests”, the Ark exists in total isolation from the rest of the world.

Now, at the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Ark and after almost 25 years of social unrest since the influx of the Guests, mankind’s last refuge is on the brink of all-out civil war, and it’s your actions – whether you side with the Security or Resistance – that will decide the future of Ark and the human race.”

Like Borderlands, in Brink you will be able to level up your character whether you are in multi-player or single player mode.  I love this feature, and I really wish more games allowed it.   Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 was the first game I played where you were able to carry over your leveling from single player to multi-player and vice versa; you were also able to custom design your character from the clothes they wear right up to the facial characteristics, even uploading your own image via your XBox camera.  There is no word so far that Brink will go that far into detail, but you will be able to customize your character to a point.

No more will you have to perfectly time a jump or slide with the addition of the new SMART (Smooth Movement Across Rough Terrain) button feature. You will aim the cursor where you want to go, press the appropriate button and the game will take over.

Here’s some Container gameplay footage to wet your appetite: