Another Brink Update Coming this Week

5/23/2011 at 1:16 PM

We - - - report - the g- f-s over at Bethesda and Splash Damage are - content - simply rest - their laurels while we try - - the incredibly - - lag-plagued shooter, Brink.  

Let's try that again, this time without the lag. 

We're happy to report that the good folks over at Bethesda and Splash Damage are not content to simply rest on their laurels while we try to enjoy the incredibly fun, but lag-plagued shooter, Brink.  See how much nicer that is?  A new performance-enhancing patch should be out this week for the all three versions of the game. The patch's main focus will be the lag issues.  You can see a list of what is getting overhauled here.

For the time being, here are some quick fix solutions: (boy, I hope these don't amount to just simply dropping out and then trying to find a game with better connections)

 

Check your opponent’s network connection / ping:

One player with very low bandwidth connections can have a negative impact on the overall network performance of the game for the team.

You are able to view other player’s connection quality easily by viewing the scoreboard and determining if this is the likely cause of lag.

To view other player’s connection quality, press Start during a match and select the Scoreboard option to display all other players

Other human player bandwidth values are shown on the right hand side of their name as a traffic light value. Anyone that is showing orange or red means they have a bad connection and could potentially be causing the match to become disrupted…

Note: You can also view the opposing team scoreboard since the problem may be with a player on the opposite team. To do this press R1 for PS3 or RB for XBOX 360 while on the scoreboard

Should you see more players showing RED than GREEN on their status, you should exit this game, return to the main menu and join another game on a new connection.

The matchmaking system will place you in a more suitable game

Damn. That's exactly what they're suggesting.  Oh well.  Hopefully these new patches will improve the lag. 

No word on the free DLC that should be out next month.  Also, no news on fixing the enemy AI that goes from "mindless meatbag" to "SEAL Team 7" (stupid Disney copyright) in the last few minutes of each match.  The launch day patch was supposed to address this, but I was playing well before launch, and I haven't noticed a difference.  As a player who has gladly piggybacked on the awesome efforts of superior teammates, I understand any frustrations with the game's murderous AI.  We'll let you know as details emerge.

Brink is out now on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.  It supports 8 player online co-op.