I remember being quite excited for Brink before it launched in 2011. It was a first-person shooter with a distinct art style, deep character customisation, and sweet parkour, so I was all aboard until I found out it was a multiplayer-focused game. Aside from a brief stint in Crysis 2, multiplayer has never been my thing. But all of a sudden, Brink is now free-to-play on Steam, so there’s never been a better time to try it out.
That’s basically all there is to it. A tiny update in the Steam News section announced the change, but developer Splash Damage haven’t elaborated on the decision. However, the effects are immediately visible, and the game’s playerbase skyrocketed after going free. According to the numbers on Steam Database, average daily player numbers have jumped from roughly ten players to over 1,000. At launch, Brink was met with mixed reviews, which may have scared off a potential fanbase. Its expansion, Agents of Change, still costs money, as do its cosmetic item packs, but perhaps more players will be drawn in and discover something new.