While Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference failed to supply verification to the core-crowd of gamers, a new game is quietly rising up, and is planning on taking the Wii by storm. A group of developers from the third-party company High Voltage, the ones responsible for such Wii games as Codename: Kids Next Door: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E., The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Ben 10: Protector of Earth to name a few, are throwing their hats down. They are sick of creating sub-par games, and sick of developers not taking the Wii seriously. They admit they play their Xbox 360 and PS3 systems far more than the Wii, even though they like the Wii more. They are taking matters into their own hands, and what are they doing? They’re creating a game they hope will be the Halo of the Wii, and set the standard for not only all other third-party companies, but for Nintendo as well.
Enter: The Conduit, the Wii’s revolution.
The game is currently in pre-alpha stages, and from the screenshots they’ve given, it’s looking mighty fine for something that’s not even in beta yet. They’re using a graphics engine they created (called Quantum 3), which is pioneering the cutting edge of graphic capabilities, and competes gamely with the other nex-gen consoles. The game currently does not have a publisher, although they’ve had many offers. It is planned to be a Wii-exclusive, which they hope will be the Halo of the Wii, only better. They also plan on equipping online multiplayer; something third-party developers have been incredibly sticky about. So far, they say they have managed 16 players together with no lagging issues.
According to high Voltage’s chief creative officer, Eric Nofsinger concerning the Wii;
“Just like when I go see a movie, I want to see something that hasn’t been done before. And that’s really what we’re trying to do here as creators where we just saw it and said, “This is capable of a lot more than people are doing.” It’s really my favorite system, and I hated it when friends of mine would look at it, and they’d just go, “Yeah, but,”–you know, it started gathering dust. So we started playing the PS3 and 360 so much more, even though we like the Wii better, just because there are more games for those other systems that cater toward me. And part of that equation is graphics–not all of it, but part of it.”
Taken from a Gamespot Interview, which is a really good read.
The ramifications of what High Voltage is planning on doing are numerous and serious. Up until now, all games on the Wii consist of pretty good first-party games, decent ports and lower quality third part games. Third-party developers are skeptical about creating serious games for the Wii, which is something that could very well be a rub-off from Nintendo itself. High Voltage plans on dramatically shattering all questions about the Wii’s capabilities and setting the standard for other third-party developers.
The Conduit, as you probably have guessed, is a first-person shooter in a futuristic world. While not much of the storyline has been revealed, the game itself looks beautiful, as well as fun and very innovative. It is set for a Q1 2009 release, and hopefully there will be more information on it during E3.