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Grinder Remains a First-Person Shooter on Wii

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Top-down shooter iteration is HD-only

Things were looking shaky for High Voltage Software's upcoming horror-fest The Grinder. What was supposed to be a Wii-exclusive first-person shooter in the vein of Valve's Left 4 Dead turned out to go the multiplatform route, and then oddly enough seemed to transform into a colorful top-down shooter along the lines of High Voltage's earlier Xbox game Hunter: The Reckoning.

All that Wii FPS work seemed to be up in the air, but now IGN has gotten word from Eric Nofsinger, High Voltage's chief creative officer, that Grinder is still on its original track for Nintendo's white box:

We have invested more than year into the Wii; the game is extremely fun, and frankly, we wouldn't want to see that work thrown away. But when we decided to add the 360 and PS3 platforms it didn't seem to make much sense to jump on the rainbow chasing treadmill of trying to do the same game for such dissimilar consoles and end up short changing one or the other.

So...what about the top-down thing?

The expansion of Grinder to 360 and PS3 and its subsequent change in gameplay and perspective has been somewhat misinterpreted as a universal change across all platforms. We still genuinely love the Wii and would ideally like to see a publishing partner pick up both a FPS Wii version and a third-person action version specific to the 360 and PS3.

The game still doesn't have a publisher on any platform, so the saga continues. That makes two Wii FPS' currently in development over at High Voltage.

[via wii.ign.com]

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User Comments (44)

moomoo

#1

moomoo said:

Well, I'm actually pretty happy about this. Hope it turns out good.

Machu

#3

Machu said:

You wait ages for a bus, then two come along.

Great news!!!!! Thanks HVS! :)

Supermegaman

#4

Supermegaman said:

"We still genuinely love the Wii"
Yay! :)
I may get this, though itll probably be a choice between this or conduit 2
Well they make money either way so i guess it doesnt matter :P

motang

#5

motang said:

So technically it is still a exclusive to the Wii as an FPS.

EDIT: I knew about this couple of weeks ago as IGN talked about it in their Nintendo podcast.

Mr_G

#7

Mr_G said:

man i am so grateful this is stil a 1st person game on the wii and not that rubbish other versions

V8_Ninja

#8

V8_Ninja said:

Wow...this is awkward. Usually the Wii gets the short stick with the butchered/completely-different-game-compared-to-the-other-platforms game. Go High Voltage Software?

ASDFGHJKL

#9

ASDFGHJKL said:

Awww, Top down shooter sound much more fun. Wasnt planning on get it though, so its not a bif deal.

Linkuini

#10

Linkuini said:

I think I saw this news already. In fact, it may have been on Wikipedia. To be fair, though, we all know how much trust to invest there. :P

DarkLloyd

#11

DarkLloyd said:

so the ps3 version which im getting is topdown shooter i guess thats cool other then that it looks great so far

Willy105

#12

Willy105 said:

So now the HD versions are getting the spin-offs?

That's some ironic stuff right there.

JakobG

#13

JakobG said:

PS3 and 360 owners didn't seem to care anyway when they said it would be for them too.

accc

#15

accc said:

This makes sense, the PS3 and 360 controllers aren't well suited for first person shooters like the Wiimote but they work well enough for top-down games.

DarkLloyd

#16

DarkLloyd said:

@accc This makes sense, the PS3 and 360 controllers aren't well suited for first person shooters like the Wiimote but they work well enough for top-down games.

well if psmove came out early that wouldnt be the case

XD375

#17

XD375 said:

Hunter: The Reckoning wasn't just an Xbox game - it was also released on GameCube.

MakeMyBiscuit

#18

MakeMyBiscuit said:

I knew it. They put so much work into the Wii version already. I know this will be on the radar for me. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Sadly, with the lack of support from the Wii "hardcore" user base they had to throw a bone to the 360 and PS3 so they could pay their bills. I'm glad they still kept with Wii development.

It looks like I will be getting The Grinder for the 360 and the Wii. :)

Keep up the good work. Here's to hoping you guys are actually rewarded for your efforts.

Bankai

#19

Bankai said:

I think I prefer the PS3 top-down game,

People clearly have forgotten how awesome Hunter: The Reckoning was.

CoffeeWithGames

#20

CoffeeWithGames said:

Something doesn't seem right at HVS anymore.
Lack of communication with the "community" on almost all of their games now, unlike how they did with The Conduit...until it was published and sitting on store shelves.

#22

said:

That's cool to know actually. But no publisher? what happened with SEGA?

The_Fox

#23

The_Fox said:

Based on the Conduit, my hopes aren't high for this one. Always the 360 version, I guess.

Sabrewing

#24

Sabrewing said:

Excellent, I'm glad this didn't change formats COMPLETELY. Might have to get both versions.

Sean007s

#25

Sean007s said:

This does not grind my rails.
HAHA get it grind?...my rails?....haha.......oh.....god...

AlexSays

#28

AlexSays said:

Makes sense.

The Wii version couldn't compete at all with FPS games on the other consoles.

This way they change it around to make it look 'unique'. After all that's the only way they could possibly trick 360/PS3 owners into buying anything developed by them.

Nightsky071

#29

Nightsky071 said:

I hope they make the next conduit for the very next Nintendo systems. Not the Wii, I still have great hope for the Grinder as well. I just dont want them to cut it down and the xbox and ps3 version end up being better

FonistofCruxis

#30

FonistofCruxis said:

As I said in the thread I think this is good news because the fps version looks better and top-down shooters don't normally sell well on home consoles in retail anyway.

Sneaker13

#31

Sneaker13 said:

Thank god, I was suddenly less interested when I heard it would be a top down game.

Sean_Aaron

#32

Sean_Aaron said:

The top-down version still looked good; potentially that could show up on the Wii as Hunter: The Reckoning 2?

Anyway, I'm pleased we'll still be getting an FPS out of it as aside from lightgun-style games I have only The Conduit and Red Steel 2. Not my favourite genre, but I do enjoy them and I liked what I saw of this (especially when they said they'd take on board some of my suggestions for 1950s monster movie monsters).

mnementh

#33

mnementh said:

It's good that the Wii is getting the superior FPS version. FPS work best on the Wii.

KrazyKain

#35

KrazyKain said:

omanamona, the wii needs more first person shooters, other consoles dont, but the wii has no good co-op first person shooters. (well actually, i like onslaught... )

Ravage

#37

Ravage said:

The top-down looked like it could be fun with some multiplayer going.

bro2dragons

#39

bro2dragons said:

i'm not sure how i feel about this... i guess it's not a huge genre on Wii... at least not in terms of quality, but the top-down looked good...

Percentful

#41

Percentful said:

Well, this looks like it fits its genre pretty well. After watching the videos, it's blatantly obvious it's a bloody horror game.

CanisWolfred

#43

CanisWolfred said:

Wow, they had me worried for a monent. That was actually a very smart move. I might want to check out the 360 version to see if it's anything like Alien Shooter or Shadowgrounds.

Imerion

#44

Imerion said:

So happy I did a small dance! :) Really looking forward to this. Co-Op for the win, and the setting is interesting and different.

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