Splash Damage is a UK developer known for having some great ideas that haven't always come to fruition as perfectly as they could. I'm looking at you, Brink and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. I still think the studio could do miraculous things with the right product though, as it did with the first, Wolfenstein-spun Enemy Territory.
From the look of things, that golden opportunity might have come along at last. A report from IndustryGamers reveals that Splash Damage is currently working on "at least one unannounced project for a major entertainment brand."
The game in question makes use of "online multiplayer technology" which is "already in place." The thinking is that "once a collection of well-known characters are laid over the top of an even more polished Brink engine, there's going to be a lot of excitement from genre fans."
It's all very non-specific and unconfirmed at this point, but this project is supposedly "based on one of the biggest American pop culture brands of the last 50 years." The only hint we get is that Splash is partnered with "a company widely believed to have given up on the console publishing business." Kotaku speculates that this means it's a Marvel game, since Marvel owner Disney fits the description.
Whatever the mystery franchise is, I'm not convinced by the idea that laying recognizable characters and locations on top of the Brink engine is going to solve anything. Brink had some positive qualities, but it was a mess in a lot of ways too. It's not a lost cause, since many of the game's issues relate to level design and balancing. That said, quite a bit of that promised polish will be required to make another game work for that engine, whether or not it turns out to be a Marvel game.