Many of you know the story of Dirty Bomb: After spending a decade perfecting fast paced, objective based shooters in other publishers’ universes, we here at Splash Damage wanted to go it alone - To create a spiritual successor to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory with a modern spin, for ourselves and for our fans.
We hoped and trusted that our fans would spread the word, and that the joy of playing together in maps that opened up over the course of a single match would capture a whole new audience. Objective and Stopwatch modes have always been our bread and butter, the ultimate realization of what makes a Splash Damage game great.
In October 2015, we introduced a game mode: Execution. To compete against other titles, we wanted a game mode that would make transitioning to Dirty Bomb fluid. We hoped that players would feel comfortable in Execution, but then see the light and join the fun in Objective matches.
We’ve spent the last two years supporting Execution, adding a new map last year and including in-game bonuses for playing the mode. But numbers don’t lie, and the truth is that only 5% of players’ time in-game are spent in Execution mode.
We’ve realized that we should be concentrating on what makes Dirty Bomb unique. We know many of you still enjoy Execution, and so it’s with a heavy heart that we’ve decided to remove the game mode from Dirty Bomb. Moving forward, we’ll be focusing on the core experience of the game, making Objective and Stopwatch the most fun you can have with a keyboard and mouse. That’s not to say we’re closing the door on future game modes, but you can be sure that any we consider adding will play to the fast-paced strengths of the game.
We’re not worried about introducing others to Dirty Bomb; Now that we have the game back, we’re staffing up the team and will be adding more content than ever. We’re comfortable with the fast-paced, high skill ceiling, objective-based shooter that it is, and trust that with your help, more and more players will discover how much fun it can be. In fact… We have another major update coming in the next two weeks!
Execution will be in the game until the 22nd of August. To round it off with a bang, we’re taking things back to where they all began with updated Second Edition Containment War in the Final Assault Event.