Splash Damage

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Splash Damage, Ltd
Type Limited
Industry Video games
Founded May 2001
Founders Paul Wedgwood,
Richard Jolly,
Arnout van Meer
Headquarters Bromley, London, England
Key people Paul Wedgwood,
Richard Jolly,
Arnout van Meer,
Stephen Gaffney,
Edward Stern
Products Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars
Brink
Doom 3
Employees 75[1]
Website www.splashdamage.com

Splash Damage is an independently owned British video game developer that specializes in multiplayer first-person shooter games. The studio is best known as the creator of the Enemy Territory franchise for id Software.

History[edit]

Splash Damage was formed in May 2001 by the creators of high-profile, free mods, such as Quake 3 Fortress.

The studio began life working with Now TV and Gamer.tv, providing both custom maps and an in-game television production solution. Splash Damage staff also worked to produce and present over 150 TV shows based on Quake III Arena Capture the Flag.

In March 2002, Splash Damage partnered with Games Domain to produce a number of multiplayer maps for their online gaming service. One of these was a map for id Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein based on Operation Market Garden; this map was hugely successful online and instantly became the most played third-party map for the game.

Following Market Garden's success, Activision and id Software asked Splash Damage to produce three additional multiplayer maps for the Return to Castle Wolfenstein Game of the Year Edition. The same year, Splash Damage partnered with the two companies to develop Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, a stand-alone expansion based on Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The Windows version of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was released online for free on 29 May 2003, with Linux and Mac versions following later. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory won several Game of the Year and Editor's Choice awards[2] and remains one of the most popular online first-person shooter titles.[3]

In June 2003 and once again working with id Software, Splash Damage created all the maps for Doom 3's multiplayer mode and at the same time began pre-production on Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, a follow-up to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using a heavily modified version of the id Tech 4 engine and set in the QUAKE universe. Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars shipped on 28 September 2007, and has won dozens of awards to date, including several Game of the Year awards and over 25 Editor's Choice awards.[4]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
iOS Lin Mac PS3 Web Win X360
2002 Return to Castle Wolfenstein (multiplayer) No Yes Yes No No Yes No
2003 Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory No Yes Yes No No Yes No
2004 Doom 3 (multiplayer) No Yes Yes No No Yes No
2007 Enemy Territory: Quake Wars No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
2011 Brink No No No Yes No Yes Yes
2012 RAD Soldiers[5] Yes No No No Yes No No
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins (multiplayer) No No No Yes No Yes Yes
2014 Dirty Bomb[6] No No No No No Yes No

Awards[edit]

Date Award Result
2008 Develop Industry Excellence Award for Best Independent Studio[7] Won
2008 Ultraweb Level 4 Award[8] Won
2008 Golden Joystick award for UK Developer of the Year[9] Nominated
2009 Guardian Top 100 UK Tech & Media Companies[10] Won

The full list of awards can be found on their web site.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Splash Damage Studio Profile". Splash Damage. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory awards". Splash Damage. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^ "GameSpy Statistics". GameSpy. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars awards". Splash Damage. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  5. ^ RAD Soldiers is Now Available Worldwide!
  6. ^ Splash Damage's Newest Shooter is Dirty Bomb!
  7. ^ "Develop Awards 08 crown best UK development talent". Intent Media. 2008-07-31. 
  8. ^ "Ultraweb Level 4 Award 2008". Ultraweb. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  9. ^ "Golden Joystick Awards 2008 Short List Voting Page". Future Publishing Ltd. 2008-08-04. 
  10. ^ "The top 100 tech media companies". The Guardian. 2009-10-08. 
  11. ^ Splash Damage Awards

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