UPDATE: High Voltage and SEGA released the official press release (found below).
Additionally, the deinite article – ‘The’ – has been dropped from the name. In other words, it’s Conduit 2, not The Conduit 2.
Also, online multiplayer has been increased to 12-player support, and the all-new online/off-line co-op mode, Team Invasion, will support up to four players.
Finally, WiiSpeak will also be supported in Conduit 2, and we’ve got a couple of screen shots to show you.
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (March 31st, 2010) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. are excited to announce Conduit 2™, the new collaboration with High Voltage Software, Inc., developer of the award-winning Wii shooter, The Conduit. Conduit 2 will be released exclusively for the Wii™ system from Nintendo in Fall 2010.
Building upon the success of the original, Conduit 2 will take players to the far reaches of the world to stop an alien invasion that can be fought in single-player, online multi-player battles, and all-new off and online co-op modes. Armed with advanced and powerful weapons, players can expect massive action in large, multi-tiered levels featuring dynamic environments, cinematic battles, giant boss enemies, and deep customization features.
Conduit 2 introduces Team Invasion Mode, the new co-op mode where players will be able to battle side-by-side with up to four friends on the same screen. Additionally Team Invasion Mode can be played online.
Conduit 2 also features a new and more expansive 12-player online competitive multiplayer mode with larger and more intricate indoor and outdoor battlefields. Conduit 2 supports Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, Wii Speak™ and offers increased multiplayer security for a better online gameplay experience.
“Conduit 2 is an enormous sequel. Not only does it greatly improve and expand on the original, the online and co-op play modes aim to raise the bar for Wii war games,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America.
“The Conduit was the first of many original IP’s being developed by our studio.” said Kerry J. Ganofsky, CEO and founder of High Voltage Software. “That’s why it gives me great pleasure to announce a sequel with a thrilling and exciting online experience.”
“The support for the original has been amazing.” said Eric Nofsinger, HVS Chief Creative Officer. “The fans have always been a major factor in our development process and their continued enthusiasm has helped make Conduit 2 even better.”
Conduit 2 is set to release in Fall 2010 exclusively for Wii with an anticipated “T” rating. For more information on the game please visit the SEGA website at www.conduit2game.com . Also players are invited to enter the Conduit 2 Get Your Head In the Game Sweepstakes, starting on April 2nd
According to the latest Nintendo Power, High Voltage Software’s first-person shooter IP, The Conduit, is getting a sequel.
Recently, High Voltage made comments that seemed to point the company away from Wii exclusives (they revealed that The Grinder is going to be multiplatform), but it now appears the development studio, along with SEGA, wants a second crack at bringing shooters to Wii owners.
According to the article, players will be treated to more modes of play, more online options, character customization features (even the ability to add on bionic appendages), four-player split-screen and co-op play.
Whereas The Conduit felt a lot like a tech demo – it had great graphics and supple, customizable controls but nondescript enemies, ho-hum guns, and an uninspired story – the sequel should be able to rectify the vanilla take on the shooter and move toward something a bit more unique.
We’ll bring you more details as they become available.