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Brink PS3 Launching on Schedule, Bethesda Explains Why That's Okay

Brink's offline modes will let players get used to the game before PSN's back.

PlayStation Network went down the same week as SOCOM 4 launched. Two weeks later, PSN has not come back online, meaning the service outage is affecting subsequent games with an online focus.

Bethesda Softworks and Splash Damage are launching the long-in-development, class-focused Brink on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 this week. Bethesda told me there have been no changes made to the game's rollout this week, and explained what PS3 buyers can do with their game in the meantime.

"Fortunately, Brink is a game that allows you to seamlessly move between all modes of gameplay: single-player, co-op, and multiplayer," said the company in a statement to me this morning. "So all the experience and unlocks you get while playing single-player will carry over to multiplayer once PSN is back up. So the good news is that PS3 fans can still enjoy the game and learn about the teamplay aspects, objectives, maps, the different roles, and continue to customize their character and unlock new items, and then take all of that with them as soon as multiplayer is available."

It's still unclear when any of PSN will be back online. Sony had planned to restore part of it by the end of last week but that never happened. Sony has since said it expects full functionality by months-end.   

Hopefully, anyway.  

 Brink comes bundled with AI-controlled bots. That'll have to be enough until PSN returns.
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Posted by patrickklepek
PlayStation Network went down the same week as SOCOM 4 launched. Two weeks later, PSN has not come back online, meaning the service outage is affecting subsequent games with an online focus.

Bethesda Softworks and Splash Damage are launching the long-in-development, class-focused Brink on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 this week. Bethesda told me there have been no changes made to the game's rollout this week, and explained what PS3 buyers can do with their game in the meantime.

"Fortunately, Brink is a game that allows you to seamlessly move between all modes of gameplay: single-player, co-op, and multiplayer," said the company in a statement to me this morning. "So all the experience and unlocks you get while playing single-player will carry over to multiplayer once PSN is back up. So the good news is that PS3 fans can still enjoy the game and learn about the teamplay aspects, objectives, maps, the different roles, and continue to customize their character and unlock new items, and then take all of that with them as soon as multiplayer is available."

It's still unclear when any of PSN will be back online. Sony had planned to restore part of it by the end of last week but that never happened. Sony has since said it expects full functionality by months-end.   

Hopefully, anyway.  

 Brink comes bundled with AI-controlled bots. That'll have to be enough until PSN returns.
Posted by Garadon
It's still unclear when any of PSN will be back offline.    
You mean online. :)
Edited by Sniper_Fox

Still getting it on PS3, if it's good of course. I gave up paying for Xbox live a long time ago.

Posted by Chubbaluphigous

I'm getting PC anyway.  Never thought to get it on the PS3

Posted by Device

How much more offline can it get?!

Posted by KuribosShoe

While you're waiting for PSN to come online, perhaps you can make a sandwich.  We think you will enjoy it.

Posted by diz

I'm waiting for the Playstation network to come back on-line and I don't even have a PS3.

Posted by Delta_Ass

How deep is the singleplayer story?

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Shows how much I knew about Brink, I didn't even realize it was multiplayer focused enough to make that an issue. 

Edited by RE_Player1

Might get it when it drops in price. Too many games right now and I'm on a roll polishing off my back catalogue. 

Posted by sixpin
@KuribosShoe said:
" While you're waiting for PSN to come online, perhaps you can make a sandwich.  We think you will enjoy it. "
I do enjoy sandwiches!
Edited by ProfessorEss

Phew, that was a close one.

Luckily for Bethesda and Splash Damage I'm sure tons of people are probably buying this for the single player. Right?

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

Wow, they're really trying the "It only does single player" as a selling point?

Posted by dvorak
@KuribosShoe said:
" While you're waiting for PSN to come online, perhaps you can make a sandwich.  We think you will enjoy it. "
It better be a nice big 6 footer though. It's got to last till the end of the month.
Posted by MeatSim

Bad time to be releasing a online multiplayer focused game on PS3.

Posted by Enigma777

I heard the AI in Brink was poor as fuck. 

Posted by Mercanis
Posted by Hizang

I feel they should hold it back for PS3, nobody wants to buy an online focused shooter only to discover they can't play it.

Posted by KuribosShoe
@Mercanis: bitches love sanskrit.
Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Dead on arrival...

Posted by xxizzypop

They can't really back off of Brink at this point. PSN was supposed to be at least partially back up by now, chances are they had to just push on with release despite the outage. 

Posted by sixghost
@Delta_Ass said:
" How deep is the singleplayer story? "
think Counterstrike
Posted by JoeShadows
@Sniper_Fox: Yes, silly Xbox Live, what with its uptime and reliability and secure user info databases. Who would pay for that?
Posted by HydraHam

bots enough? i don't believe that, people with both 360/ps3 will most likely get the version that will allow them to play a game online, i originally was going to get this on ps3 but im not going to be forced to play bots for the next 2-3 weeks so im picking it up on 360, along with a bunch of my friends im sure we aren't the only ones.

I am not saying the ps3 version won't sell well, or that people who own both won't get the PS3 version, im just saying people who pay for Live and own a PS3 will probably want to get the 360 version to play with their friends, not be stuck with bots till the end of may, and that's if it's even up by then i personally don't believe sony, they lied to us numerous times about it coming up, waited 7 days to inform us that our information was stolen etc.

Personally this whole debacle of PSN has made me purchase numerous games on 360 over PS3, and i know alot of people who did the same.

Posted by Castiel

Ahh self-denial... I love it!

Posted by Underachiever007
@KuribosShoe said:
" While you're waiting for PSN to come online, perhaps you can make a sandwich.  We think you will enjoy it. "
I laughed.
Posted by HT101

All I want to know, Patrick, is if shit is still broke.  From your article the answer seems to still be yes.

Edited by Delusibeta
@HT101 said:

" All I want to know, Patrick, is if shit is still broke.  From your article the answer seems to still be yes. "

Shit is still broke. And the PS3 version of Brink is pretty much dead on arrival because of it.

I do have to mention that Sony's done an awful job at PR, letting rumours get out of control (e.g. "Everything twas stored in plaintext") and ultimately damaging the company's reputation further than it should have been.
Posted by crusader8463

Always intended to get it on PC, but it really sucks how many games this outage is going to hurt.

Edited by Kesselrun

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Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@sixghost said:
" @Delta_Ass said:
" How deep is the singleplayer story? "
think Counterstrike "
No there is some story. 
Posted by ShaneDev

I had heard the single player was shit, so good luck PS3 buyers.

Posted by angryemu
@Sniper_Fox:  I'd be cautious about getting the PS3 version even if it reviews well. Reviewers won't be able to test ANY of the online features of Brink for PS3. It may work well on 360 and PC, but what if it's completely broken on PS3 when PSN comes back online? To me that seems like a pretty big risk to take.
Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

That is cool and all but the 360 version is going to vastly outsell it I think. Why would any multi platform owner choose PS3 right now?
Posted by WilliamHenry
@Hizang said:
"

I feel they should hold it back for PS3, nobody wants to buy an online focused shooter only to discover they can't play it.

"
Holding it back would just force multiplatform owners to buy it for the 360 or PC, and it will just piss off PS3 owners who want the game as it will make them feel slighted by an extra delay that only effects them.
Posted by GozerTC
@Chubbaluphigous said:
"I'm getting PC anyway.  Never thought to get it on the PS3 "

This.  Besides the STEAM pre-order bonuses fit my style. :)
Posted by NekuCTR

It slices, it dice, it has multilayer, AND single-player. You can even use it as a Frisbee.

Posted by Cusseta
@Sniper_Fox:
Oops
Posted by baron_calamity
@ImmortalSaiyan said:

" That is cool and all but the 360 version is going to vastly outsell it I think. Why would any multi platform owner choose PS3 right now? "

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Posted by Agent47
@ShaneDev: What?You mean to tell mean you played the whole 10 hour campaign before it even releases?How good sir how?
Edited by Sniper_Fox
@joeshadows: 

I don't see any reason to pay for it, I got a PS3 and 360. I think it's a myth that live is better, I've never had a issue playing Uncharted 2 or Killzone 3 online. Just because you pay for something doesn't make it better. I was playing Diablo 2 for years on PC on battlenet and that was free.

I payed for Xbox live for years, and think it's a mugs game to be honest. If you think paying to play your games online is cool , then more power to you.
Posted by Sniper_Fox
@ImmortalSaiyan said:
" That is cool and all but the 360 version is going to vastly outsell it I think. Why would any multi platform owner choose PS3 right now? "
More reliable system. I've gone through 3 Xbox 360's. And the noise of the fans really pisses me off. I am only keeping my Xbox 360 for Gears of war 3. I see it the other way, why would anyone with a PS3 chose to buy games on 360, given the choice. The differences between 360/PS3 multiplats are trivial and not important 99% of the time. I think sites like Digital Foundry and Lens of truth are made for muppets who get bent out of shape over trivial shit that doesn't matter , like anti aliasing and a few extra blades of grass.
Posted by Agent47

I think this is pretty friggin sweet, so we can basically play singleplayer or free play and all that gear,weapons,abilities etc. can be carried over to multiplayer when PSN is back?I haven't seen that before.Though I do feel bad for SOCOM4 their sales are probably down the shitter now.

Posted by Solh0und

Quite a shame PSN is still down because i was considing buying the PS3 version. I guess I'll just settle with getting the 360 version.


AND Im sure I'm the only person here getting the Doom pack
Posted by CrimsonNoir

still waiting for reviews because i keep hearing conflicting things. although i'd probably go pc if i do get it, i got tired of paying for xbox live and using it for only a month.

Posted by Agent47
@Enigma777: The only place I have been hearing this is on forums.From all the videos and first impressions from PAX that I have seen and read the AI is pretty challenging as they have no limitations and can perform all human actions.
Posted by Arrested_Developer

Brink has basically become a 360 exclusive.

Edited by Jackel2072

at this point i just hope Brink is good. I'l be waiting for a few reviews before i run out and blindly buy something. 

Posted by ShaneDev
@Agent47: If you could read you would see I didn't say I played it. I've only heard things about its singleplayer and none of them were good.
Posted by Redbullet685

I had both the 360 and PS3 versions on Gamefly, and they are sending me the PS3 one. :(

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