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High Voltage’s The Grinder tries seeing other platforms, still wants to be friends with Wii

Friday, 5th February 2010 03:30 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Last year, High Voltage was the Wii’s biggest fan, professing its adoration for the little white waggle box at every turn.

Now, though, High Voltage has decided it’s simply not ready to settle down with one console just yet, and will play the field with its newly multiplatform-ized shooter The Grinder.

“Our secret is out! Grinder is no longer a Wii exclusive. We plan to ship on Xbox 360, Sony PS3, and PC as well,” CEO Kerry Ganofsky said in an interview with IGN.

Reading between the lines, that would seem to imply that The Conduit wasn’t able to spark many gamers’ interests. However, Kerry quickly rushed to the Wii shooter’s defense.

“We are extremely proud of the sales for The Conduit, with over 350,000 copies sold, numerous ‘best-of 2009′ nods, and over a million hours played according to the Nintendo Channel, we are the go-to FPS on the Wii,” he said.

“If you look at the sales for the games that are lumped in as ‘hardcore’ titles for the Wii (Silent Hill, Dead Space, et al), you’ll notice that sales for those types of games are low across the board.”

Which, to us, still sounds like reason enough to go multiplatform.

Of course, multiplatform development doesn’t happen overnight. So, unsurprisingly, The Grinder won’t see the light of day until “Halloween 2011.”

Bummer. More through the link.

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3 Comments

  1. Neolucifer

    And spin the PR wheel . i’m glad that the conduit somehow proved there was a marked for “hardcore” fps , but it was hardly a good experience .

    It looked great as promised engine wise , and ran well , but it was a pretty soporific and generically designed game .

    In my book they have yet to prove they can do more than having a great engine (wich more wii devs should just license if possible)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I… don’t remember The Conduit being touted for any awards. Which ones was it up for exactly? Biggest disappointment?

    Regardless, I can’t imagine many 360 or PS3 owners being particularly excited about this.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DJ Deathstar

    Wonder if their planning on making it Arc and Natal compatable so its a more similar experience over the 3 consoles rather than 2 being pad and the wii using motion? Especially with a release date as far away as Halloween 2011?

    #3 5 years ago

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