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News: High Voltage Explains What Went Wrong With Conduit 2

High Voltage Explains What Went Wrong With Conduit 2

Plenty of mistakes to learn from

Although The Conduit had a lot of hype to live up to, it proved to be a pretty solid first-person shooter despite its flaws. The same can arguably not be said of its sequel, Conduit 2, and senior producer Kevin Sheller explains why the game felt so rough around the edges. As part of a Gamasutra feature, Sheller spoke about the effect of readying demos for shows and..

News: High Voltage Responds Badly to Scathing Conduit 2 Review

High Voltage Responds Badly to Scathing Conduit 2 Review

Empty pram – toys everywhere

Conduit 2 received some pretty unfavourable review scores, including a 5/10 in our own Conduit 2 review, but Joystiq was especially venomous, their reviewer T. Michael Murdock giving the game a 1/5 score. High Voltage's response will shock you. The studio has admitted it advised staff to write reader reviews of Murdock's book The Dragon Ruby on Amazon, the page..

Interviews: High Voltage Software - Conduit 2

High Voltage Software - Conduit 2

We go deep inside the Wii's newest FPS

A little under a week ago saw the release of the first person shooter Conduit 2, the highly anticipated sequel from High Voltage Software. To take a closer look at the development of the game (as well as a possible hint at future 3DS outings), we went behind the scenes with Kevin Sheller, a senior producer at...

News: High Voltage Cancels Animales de la Muerte for WiiWare

High Voltage Cancels Animales de la Muerte for WiiWare

Another casualty

WiiWare has had a rough time of it these past few months: Super Meat Boy was canned in November, then last week it lost Bloktonik, and now High Voltage's Animales de la Muerte has been cancelled for WiiWare. The game was originally announced back in 2008 as a Wii-exclusive, with its gameplay focusing on shooting undead animals, but now the game will only see release on PC,..

News: High Voltage Would Like to Bring Conduit Prequel to 3DS

High Voltage Would Like to Bring Conduit Prequel to 3DS

GDC tech-demo seems technically-impressive

Early last month we got word that High Voltage Software was in a position where a tech-demo of a 3DS instalment of Conduit 2 was looking likely for this year's Game Developers Conference, and the studio certainly delivered. As reported by Nintendo World Report, what was shown at GDC reflected ideas still in the conceptual stages of development. It seems..

News: Brand New Conduit 2 Weapons Trailer Touches Down

Brand New Conduit 2 Weapons Trailer Touches Down

And new screenshots to boot

It's Conduit 2 overload this week – first came the news that High Voltage is bringing The Conduit to 3DS, now Sega has detonated a new trailer and multiplayer screenshots too. The trailer shows off some of the old and new weapons you'll be causing chaos with in Conduit 2, ranging from the offbeat to the frankly mental. Turrets, guns that make you invisible, a cannon..

News: High Voltage Working on Bringing The Conduit to 3DS

High Voltage Working on Bringing The Conduit to 3DS

Already up and running

First-person shooter Conduit 2 isn't even out on Wii yet, but already developer High Voltage Software is looking at transporting the series across to Nintendo's next console: 3DS. Speaking to Eurogamer, High Voltage's Eric Nofsinger said: Now that we're winding things down a lot of our resources are on pulling this technology over to 3DS. We're still early. The resolution is..

News: Sega Lets Loose with New Conduit 2 Screens and Details

Sega Lets Loose with New Conduit 2 Screens and Details

Multiplayer blown wide open

To get you into the alien-blasting mood ahead of the release of Conduit 2, Sega has furnished us with a stimulus pack of new screenshots and a list of the 14 multiplayer modes that feature in the sequel. There's the usual array of deathmatch and capture the flag gametypes, with other modes inspired by other successful multiplayer titles: Balloon Battle takes its cues..

News: New Conduit 2 Trailer Suitably Full of Bombs, Bullets and Bombast

New Conduit 2 Trailer Suitably Full of Bombs, Bullets and Bombast

Let the action commence

Conduit 2 will launch in February, but you can get yourself all geared up in advance with this new trailer showing off some of the new weapons and arenas available in the upcoming sequel. Conduit 2 looks like maintaining the prequel's reputation for outstanding graphics: if it can improve on some of the things The Conduit got wrong this could be a strong contender for the..

News: High Voltage Software Has 3DS Ideas That "Break The Mould"

High Voltage Software Has 3DS Ideas That "Break The Mould"

Conduit developer has "hundreds" of them

The upcoming Nintendo 3DS has shown that it can perform new tricks that no other portable system has performed before, and this latest raising-of the-bar has opened up the minds of developers and allowed them to conceive of new ideas that were previously not possible due to the available technology. Having...

News: High Voltage Employees Get Layoff Shock

High Voltage Employees Get Layoff Shock

25 employees given the dreaded pink slip

There was sad news this week in Hoffman Estates, IL as High Voltage Software joined the ranks of other several other development studios in reducing their headcount. 25 employees were laid off according to IGN. Here’s what the HVS representative had to say on the matter: I can confirm that High Voltage Software has reduced some of our staffing based on..

News: Vote for a Conduit Map to Return in Conduit 2

Vote for a Conduit Map to Return in Conduit 2

High Voltage wants your input

Promising to listen to your fans when revisiting a title and actually listening to them are often two totally different things, so it's cheering to see Conduit 2 developers High Voltage opening up a virtual voting booth, giving fans a chance to revisit their favourite maps from the original Conduit title. Head over to...

News: Conduit 2 to Big Up Offline Multiplayer with Four-Player Splitscreen

Conduit 2 to Big Up Offline Multiplayer with Four-Player Splitscreen

Also includes free arm-punching ability for screen-peekers

In the clamour to get as many titles online as possible, the simple pleasures of sitting down with a few friends to blast each other to smithereens has been lost on Wii somewhat. Josh Olson, senior producer of shooter sequel Conduit 2, wants to bring those days back by promising offline support for every online play mode. Everything you..

News: Tournament of Legends Trailer Smacks Us With a Multi-hit Combo

Tournament of Legends Trailer Smacks Us With a Multi-hit Combo

See High Voltage Software's beat 'em up in action

Beat 'em up gamers will be glad to know that Sega has released another gameplay trailer for the upcoming Tournament of Legends, developed by High Voltage Software for the Wii. Looking slick and action-packed, feast your eyes on it below. Using characters with a mythical undertone, players can wield up to two weapons, one in each hand using the Wii..

News: The Grinder Gets a Release Date, Goes Multi-Platform

The Grinder Gets a Release Date, Goes Multi-Platform

No longer Wii exclusive, coming next year

High Voltage software has revealed a lot of information about anticipated team-based horror FPS The Grinder including a new trailer and the announcement that it will be shown off at this year's Game Developer's Conference. No publisher is mentioned in the interview, but there's some other interesting new titbits including the possible inclusion of versus..

News: New Grinder Details Claw Their Way Out

New Grinder Details Claw Their Way Out

What does High Voltage have up its sleeve?

Nintendo Power has gained some interesting new details on The Grinder, the next Wii FPS from developer High Voltage. Perhaps the most exciting tidbit of info being that the game will now support MotionPlus, which is a big... erm... plus. Similar to Valve's popular Left 4 Dead series, you take control of a bunch of characters each widely differing in their..

News: High Voltage Working on Conduit Glitches

High Voltage Working on Conduit Glitches

Those plagued with online problems take heart...

Staff at Nintendo Everything have contacted High Voltage Software to inquire about users reporting problems with the online play in the game and have been assured reported faults are being looked at in consultation with Nintendo: “We have received a few emails from fans regarding multiplayer snags and I assure we’re working hard to fix those..

News: Conduit Release Date Slips in EU

Conduit Release Date Slips in EU

Expected 10 July.

The Conduit, everyone's favourite fantastic-looking first-person shooter featuring the All-Seeing Eye, was due to be released next Friday, completing a triumvirate of top Sega titles within the next ten days with Virtua Tennis 2009, Let's Tap, but sadly it's just been pushed back until Friday, July 10th. Apparently the delay is due to localisation issues, although Sega reported to..

News: High Voltage: Multiplatform Gladiator A.D. And Grinder? Sure, Why Not?

High Voltage: Multiplatform Gladiator A.D. And Grinder? Sure, Why Not?

Developer says it's up to the publisher.

With neither game even close to being out yet, High Voltage's Russell Crowe-fest Gladiator A.D. and horror co-op shooter The Grinder look to be two promising Wii-exclusive titles to satiate those looking for a bit of the ol' ultraviolence. Well, exclusive at the moment at least. Speaking to Destructoid at E3 last week, HVS design director Dave Pellas said..