265w ago - All things considered, The Conduit shouldn't really be getting the attention it deserves. After all, it's being developed by High Voltage Software, a studio that's not exactly well known for the quality of its games.
Its back catalogue features such gems as Ben 10, The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy and the Family Guy videogame. Add to this the fact that the game didn't even have a publisher until the middle of September and it's hard to figure out why the game's so eagerly anticipated.
Of course, the reason it is getting attention is because it looks great for a Wii game. We know those last four words are really patronising, but let's face facts, we know the Wii doesn't have the graphical oomph to compete with other HD systems. However, this has meant that many developers simply don't bother trying to make the most of the Wii's power and simply churn out games that look half-decent instead. That's where The Conduit differs.
Smart Bomb The game uses High Voltage's special Quantum3 game engine, which is designed to create the sort of graphical effects that most Wii games don't achieve. We've already spoken about the game's graphics in a previous issue though. What's also interesting is the way in which the Quantum3 engine also allows for some impressive artificial intelligence...
270w ago - IGN has posted footage of the entire opening level of The Conduit, a generous fifteen minutes of action in which hero Mr. Ford takes down enemy marines, shoots up bipedal "Drudge" warriors, and charges down corridors.
Then some more corridors. And then even more corridors. Seriously: there's a lot of corridors in this. A lot of conduits, even.
Videos courtesy of IGN can be viewed below.. Enjoy!
286w ago - The fact developer High Voltage Software has yet to find a publisher for The Conduit, which is the FPS Wii-exclusive title, hasn't stopped it from announcing a first-quarter 2009 release.
The Conduit Information Center site also has a nice little cache of screenshots, and IGN put up four new ones on Friday. Also, a Q&A with High Voltage's software development director gives a few more details on the game itself, including:
• Three modes for online play. Offline play is single-player. LAN multiplayer likely. They're trying to get voice chat online.
• Enemies use portals to bring in reinforcements; destroying them will be a key.
• Set in fictional Earth of the near future, the story takes on a dark conspiracy-theory tone that unravels pretty fast after you get sent to investigate an extra-terrestrial encounter. Think the X-Files with stranger weapons.
• Your adversaries are called The Drudge. I battle drudgery every day, lemme tell ya.
286w ago - After debuting their highly impressive, real-time gameplay trailer last month, High Voltage Software have officially announced their new FPS, The Conduit, the tirle that will usher in true next-generation technology on the Wii.
Built on the studio's custom Quantum 3 Game Engine, The Conduit will be able to reproduce all kinds of neat little tech tricks on Nintendo's weak white box, including dynamic environment mapping, interactive water with real-time reflection, and four-stage texture composition including gloss, diffuse, and bump mapping. Yeah, that's a mouthful.
As well, High Voltage says that they've created an extremely advanced A.I. system, which is necessary if their "terrifying alien creatures" are to pose any threat to you whilst you flail your arms around, wildly, using the game's uniquely tailored control scheme. Eric Nofsinger, Chief Creative Officer at High Voltage Software, said:
Too many Wii owners have been told that the Wii is a casual platform with no room for serious games or top-tier graphics. With The Conduit, we intend to prove that theory wrong by providing gamers with the kind of title they imagined back when the platform was first announced.
Full online, competitive multiplayer (please, no friend codes) and a "thrilling" single player campaign are in store...
290w ago - We've been hinting at first footage for High Voltage Software's The Conduit ever since its unveiling a few weeks back, but we're finally able to pull the curtain back on it.
For those that haven't been following the game thus far, The Conduit is a futuristic first-person shooter built from the ground up specifically for Wii but High Voltage Software. The game embraces classic FPS control on the Wii, utilizing IR control for aiming, and a few new elements such as the "all-seeing eye" to uncover mysterious alien elements throughout the world.
In this initial gameplay trailer, we follow the main character's introduction into an underground plot that may in fact take over Washington D.C. and eventually, the world. Within the trailer you can see the SCAR rifle in action, some quick pistol work, a few of the environments from the game, and some tricks involving the all-seeing eye.
We'll have more on The Conduit soon, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled as production continues on this Wii-specific first-person shooter.
We've been getting small updates from the developer, but as of yet there's still no publisher officially announced for The Conduit as of yet. If you're an interested Wii gamer, be sure to weigh in on our comments section below, and show your support for one of Wii's top...