High Voltage - News

June2011

  • News 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..

May2011

  • News 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...

April2011

  • Interviews 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...

March2011

  • News 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...

  • News 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...

February2011

  • News 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...

  • News 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...

January2011

  • News 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...

December2010

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August2010

  • News 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

    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..

June2010

  • News 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...

May2010

February2010

  • News 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..

January2010

  • News 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..

July2009

  • News 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..

June2009

  • News 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?

    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..

May2009

  • News Gladiator A.D. Trailer Is Ready To Shower You In Gore

    First proper look at High Voltage's blood-soaked Roman epic

    Website IGN has the first trailer of High Voltage's highly promising fighter Gladiator A.D. The clip lasts just over a minute and sets the scene quite nicely with some well-scripted narration (from Liam Neeson, if our ears don't deceive us). It ends with two burly blokes fighting to the...

  • News The Conduit: Special Edition At Play.com

    Slap in your preorders now folks!

    If you’re not exclusively a Nintendo gamer you’ll be used to coming across special edition game releases. Heck almost every game on the Xbox 360 seems to get them now. If you’re a fan of the franchise having all the extra stuff can make you feel quite smug when you know the average man on the street will just have the bog standard green DVD case, you know it..

April2009

  • News The Conduit: More Multiplayer Details Revealed

    Hopefully this will save a lot of tooth enamel...

    IGN blogger gamingmaster42 had many questions about the multiplayer aspects of The Conduit (as do many of our own forumites) and decided to send off a missive to get the straight story from High Voltage regarding ranking/achievements, friend codes and WiiSpeak. Here is the response from Josh Olson, the game's producer: Proximity voice only applies..

February2009

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Evasive Space

    Today’s solo release for North American WiiWare is Evasive Space. A causal glance at one of the many screenshots in our gallery below might lead you to conclude that this is a shoot-em-up game. In fact the idea in this game is to avoid things instead, which is a novel idea. The game has been developed by High Voltage for newly formed Akinai Games (YUKES of America).

    From what we have seen so far..

  • News Animales de la Muerte Officially NOT Coming To WiiWare

    The cat is finally out of the bag!

    High Voltage’s Animales de la Muerte is officially NOT coming to WiiWare anymore. For those not in the know this game is a bloodthirsty comic shooter set in a zoo of all places. Check out the interview we did last year with High Voltage to find out lots more about this game. The fact that it is no longer planned...

January2009

December2008

  • News YUKE'S / High Voltage Interview - Evasive Space

    After two previous WiiWare releases in Gyrostarr and V.I.P Casino: Blackjack, High Voltage Software has now partnered up with YUKES Company of America to bring Wii owners their next WiiWare offering Evasive Space.

    We recently caught up with Keith Hladik, Associate Producer at High Voltage Games and Nate Fitt, Marketing Manager at YUKE'S Company of America and had the opportunity to speak with them..

  • News Evasive Space Website Launched Today With New Trailer

    Ever since we first clapped eyes of the numerous screenshots thrown into the public domain by YUKES and High Voltage about their upcoming WiiWare none-shoot-em-up, Evasive Space we’ve been dying to find out more. It certainly looks stunning, we think this is a game to watch out for.

    If you feel the same as us then you might want to check out the newly launched Evasive Space website for more..

November2008

  • News High Voltage Confirms Evasive Space For WiiWare

    YUKE’S of America and High Voltage Software are kicking off their working relationship by announcing a new WiiWare game called Evasive Space.

    In the game it will be your task to guide Konki through 20 stages of mazes and obstacles in five different environments. Predictably there will be more than a few obstacles along the way, including treacherous landmarks and hostile enemies. A multiplayer..

October2008

  • News High Voltage Interview: High Voltage Hot Rod Show

    We love a good racing game here at WiiWare World. As D2C’s SPOGS Racing failed to deliver the goods we pinned our hopes on another racer to come to WiiWare and save the day. Perhaps High Voltage Hot Rod Show is that game?

    We got in touch with our pals at High Voltage Software, developers of the rather good Gyrostarr and the upcoming awesome...

  • News Introducing High Voltage Hot Rod Show for WiiWare

    After High Voltage Software’s success with Gyrostarr on WiiWare, it is good to see them continuing to support the service with a new game simply called High Voltage Hot Rod Show. Unlike Gyrostarr this game will be a full on racing game, it looks like ExciteTruck from a overhead angle.

    There is still no confirmation from the studio on Animales de la Muerte yet, rumours have been flying about that..

July2008

  • News Animales de la Muerte - More Information

    A few weeks ago we interviewed High Voltage Software about their upcoming WiiWare game Animals de la Muerte. Whilst it was a very informative interview, we forgot to ask one crucial question! What are the controls like on this game?

    Kindly Micah Skaritka at HVS has set the record straight on the controls once and for all. It actually sounds like a pretty good system. Wiimote pointing is fun for a..

  • News High Voltage Interview - Animales de la Muerte

    Update: Animales is NOT coming to WiiWare now!

    We've been keeping a keen eye trained on Animales de la Muerte for some time now; this gloriously bloodthursty comic shooter certainly has what it takes to catch the eye, but what's the story behind its development? We demanded answers, and we got them. The awesomely named Chad Kent - Executive Producer for High Voltage Software - is the guy who..

June2008

  • News Gyrostarr Hits WiiWare This Monday!

    This is the news you have all been waiting for, after much ado you will finally be able to get your hands on Gyrostarr on Monday, well if you are in North America. For those not in the know this looks like a even more frantic version of Tempest, and it is one of the most eagerly anticipated games coming to WiiWare.

    At 700 Wii points this is most...

April2008

  • News New WiiWare Game Allows You To Massacre Undead Animals in Style

    Developer High Voltage is clearly putting all its weight behind Nintendo’s new WiiWare service with Animales de la Muerte (Animals of the Dead) being the company’s second announcement for the new service in the space of a week, following the rather neat looking Gyrostarr.

    Animales de la Muerte takes place in a Mexican Zoo. When the animals begin...

  • News New WiiWare Game: Gyrostarr

    About a week ago, the relatively unknown developer High Voltage Software revealed a Wii game called The Conduit, which is looking surprisingly good for such a small company. That's not all though, they're also working on a WiiWare game. High Voltage exclusively told IGN they're making Gyrostarr.

    Gyrostarr seems to feature four ships competing to defeat enemies and collect enough energy to open a..

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