37 Screens for The Conduit, A Wii-Exclusive FPS
High Voltage Software, which showed off a tech demo for their new graphics engine earlier this week, has officially announced The Conduit, exclusively for the Wii. Here’s a description of the game from IGN:
It’s called The Conduit and it takes place during present day. Washington D.C. finds itself the epicenter of an extraterrestrial attack and it’s up to gamers, as the secret service’s Agent Ford, to discover the truth hidden behind the invasion. To do that, he’ll need a variety of guns and the skills to use them. High Voltage calls The Conduit a straightforward first-person shooter in the style of Halo, Medal of Honor Heroes 2 or Resistance: Fall of Man – basically, fast, run-and-gun battles and stylized weapons. The Conduit also features advanced enemy artificial intelligence enabling “human-like behavior” and a special device called the All Seeing Eye (or ASE), which, according to the studio, allows players to “reveal concealed objects and enemies, providing a deeper level of puzzle-solving.”
The game looks pretty good so far. I was definitely impressed with the video of the engine that was shown, and these screens look pretty amazing. I also like the developer’s attitude about the Wii:
“Most of the games on the Wii look like crap. We want to change that, so we’ve invested heavily in our Wii tech over the past year. We have real-time normal mapping, reflection and refraction, post process full screen effects, real-time shadows, projected lights and textures, specularity and fresnel effects, emissive and iridescent materials, interactive water, morphing, and much more all running with a rock solid frame rate on the Wii. Our goal is to be the most technically innovative Wii developer on the planet.”
Wow! Well, hopefully Nintendo and other developers take notice and develop some more mature games that expand the target audience for the Wii.
Also, be sure to check out our Flickr photostream including 37 screens of The Conduit. No need to thank me ; )