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Of all the many promised improvements for Conduit 2, the overhauled multiplayer mode is the one we're most keenly awaiting. With the addition of splitscreen local multiplayer the offline side should be covered, but the original title lacked in the online department, so the latest batch of information on Conduit 2's Internet play should be welcomed by many.

Whilst the Wii Speak room microphone is still supported in the sequel, it will also make use of PDP's recently announced Headbanger Wii headset for increased vocal clarity whilst shooting strangers. You'll be able to shout at those newly-dead bodies too, as Conduit 2 will let you talk to anyone in-game whether they're on your friends list or not. Should you meet a worthy opponent you can add them to your Allies List, which allows you to battle against a regular group of players without the need for Friend Codes, though you can still add friends manually using their codes if you so desire.

The weapon and map voting has also been overhauled, promising a lot more variety than the previous title, though naturally that remains to be seen.

The Headbanger Wii Headset in all its white glory

Here's a few more details about the Headbanger Headset – which is wired, by the way – in case you fancy picking one up. There's no news on whether previous titles will be compatible with the headset, but we're sure there are a thousand fingers crossed for Monster Hunter Tri support.

PDP’s Headbanger® Headset for Wii is anticipated to be at retailers across North America and Europe by October 2010.

  • Seamless, high-quality online chat for Wii gamers
  • High-quality, noise cancelling microphone and earpiece
  • Usable on either ear with no need for adjustment
  • Aesthetically matched to the Wii console and accessories
  • Mute button and volume control integrated into earpiece
  • LED indicators for system live and mute functions
  • Adjustable, flexible microphone boom for maximum comfort
  • Fully licensed by Nintendo
    MSRP: $24.99

[source thetanooki.com]