The company's relative inexperience is glaring in its reliance on another studio to triple-A its biggest game, Brink. Work on the multiplayer shooter by Splash Damage's parent company, Volition, was notoriously muddled as the game's release date was repeatedly delayed. Brink's initial release date was July 1, 2011, but it was pushed to September, and then pushed again to October. The game finally came out on Oct. 1, 2011.
Looper should generate some Chinese revenue, and the presence of Hollywood stars like Gordon-Levitt should draw Chinese audiences in. A lot of DMG's future will hinge on the success of Looper -- and the threat it poses to studios like Disney.
Wedgwood is quick to point out that he runs a small indie studio. He's worked on games like Age of Conan (2004) and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (2008), but he views his role at DMG as a father figure that sets the tone at Splash Damage.
On the upside, it's a chance to break into China, one of the fastest-growing movie markets. DMG's first big international production is Looper, which will play in the Shanghai Film Festival on Nov. 23 and premiere in China on Dec. 18, making it part of Disney's mega-dispatch that will begin with holdover The Avengers (which opens May 4) and end with the release of live-action Beauty and the Beast in March 2017.
As the studio grew, Wedgwood ran the team and took the pressure off Volition, which was responsible for the team's latest and biggest project, the online multiplayer role-playing game Saints Row: The Third. The success of the game has been crucial to Splash Damage's stability, as it's given the studio the financial wherewithal to continue growing.
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