Posts Tagged ‘Splash Damage’

Coo! Splash Damage Being Bought By Chicken Company

Dirty Bomb is already prepared.

Splash Damage, the English studio behind first-person shooters like Dirty Bomb and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory as well as the multiplayer side of Batman: Arkham Origins, is being bought by an unlikely new owner. Splash Damage are selling to Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited, which is a name you’re unlikely to know given that they’re a Chinese company whose main business has been poultry.

Looking to diversify from the exciting world of poultry and poultry products, they also own most of Digital Extremes (Leyou were Sumpo before). Isn’t business funny?

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London Calling: Dirty Bomb Enters Open Beta Next Week

Dirty Bomb [official site] is Splash Damage’s third game building on the wonderful Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, following the so-so Quake Wars: Enemy Territory and Brink. This time, the class-based, objective-driven multiplayer team FPS action is headed to my fair city of London, where the detonation of several dirty bombs means you can walk through Borough Market without having to literally punch the teeth out of slow-walking, backpack-wearing, loud-talking tourists’ faces and keep on punching and punching until the rozzers pull you off and slip you twenty bob in thanks.

What I’m trying to say is, Dirty Bomb will enter open beta next week.

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BOOM: Dirty Bomb Key Giveaway And Exclusive Video

Splash Damage’s Dirty Bomb [official site] takes elements from Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink, and combines them to create a vision of mercenary squads scrapping across a distressed near-future London. We have some keys to give away, which provide access to the closed beta, and you can watch a video guide to teamwork below. You’ll also get to see members of Splash Damage enjoying a pint.

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Hands-On: A Few Hours With Dirty Bomb

Rhino, right, can hold off a team single-handed once his Gatling gun spins up, but you can always get Arty, left, to drop an airstrike on him. Assuming Proxy, centre, doesn't slap a remotely detonated bomb on his caboodle.

I managed to get hopelessly lost on my way to last week’s Dirty Bomb [Steam page] event, squirrelled away in the trendy thicket of London’s Old Truman Brewery. Annoying? Yes. Fitting? Absolutely. Splash Damage has a multitude of demons to slay with its latest spin on Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory – the ever-controversial choice of a free-to-play model, the spectre of Brink, its previous stab at a new IP – but the most fearsome of these demons is surely London itself. London, a city that’s actually a bunch of medieval villages mashed into each other, where roads designed for horses struggle to find room for buses and Range Rovers. London, a metropolis blown half to bits during World War 2, then mutated into absurd, glittering shapes by overseas investors. London, where heading a mile downriver feels like setting foot on a different planet.

You couldn’t ask for a less elegant setting for a multiplayer FPS in the Team Fortress vein, where a single sightline askew can be the difference between enjoyment and fury, but the studio has done a bang-up job. In fact, one of this formidable, comfortable shooter’s greatest strengths is how it chisels readable warrens of coverspots, overlooks and chokepoints out of the capital’s beguiling weirdness. London is everywhere in Dirty Bomb, from its red letterboxes to the graceful arches of Waterloo Station, but unlike the reality, it’s seldom inconvenient. It never gets in your way.

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Hot Cakes: Dirty Bomb Weekend Beta Key Giveaway

Edit: That was quick. All keys have been claimed, I’m afraid. Enjoy if you managed to grab one!

Fancy an early jaunt in an upcoming game? This weekend, the folks at Splash Damage are performing a stress test of their multiplayer FPS game, Dirty Bomb [official site] and we have a pile of keys to hand out to our readers. All you need to do to snag one is pop your email in the box below. The giveaway is first-come, first-served and the key is distributed via They won’t use your email address for anything other than dispensing the key.

The stress test has already started and runs through to Monday. Go go go!

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Dirty Bomb Extraction Dirty Bomb Beta Is Live

gettin' those tax credits, eh?

It might appear that we didn’t cover the news that Splash Damage’s upcoming team shooter Dirty Bomb has been unrenamed Extraction and is now Dirty Bomb again, but what really happened was that all the chopping and changing sent our tags system into quantum disarray. There are in actual fact 418 posts about Dirty Bomb in our system, but they can only be seen if you can correctly guess which name the game is going under at any split second. It was called Dirty Bomb 655,315 times for the duration of the last sentence, and Extraction 641,978, so good luck with that. You’ll probably have more luck getting into Dirty Bomb Extraction Dirty Bomb Extraction Dirty Extraction’s closed beta, which went live today.
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