The Conduit, the upcoming Wii-exclusive sci-fi FPS billed as having graphics on a par with games on the Xbox 360 and PS3, won't suffer the same fate as other Wii titles aimed at core gamers, developer High Voltage has insisted.
Speaking to VideoGamer.com, High Voltage chief creative officer Eric Nofsinger said that the game will avoid the poor sales suffered by SEGA's MadWorld and The House of the Dead: Overkill because it's both accessible to the mainstream and appealing to core gamers.
"This is something that gets brought up quite a lot," he said, "but we're not concerned at all. Those games, and you can point to a few others as well... I think they're great games, but they're mature games. I think there's a nomenclature that you need to be certain on. Those games are gory and they are aesthetically niche. They're boutique games. They're great games and I love them, however I know that they're not accessible and they're not the kind of titles that are going to tap into both core and mainstream [audiences].
"When I say that we're core, I mean that we have a level of detail and depth and customisation and variety that core gamers demand. When I say that we're accessible and that we're also aiming for the mainstream, that is why we specifically chose the art style we did, and the setting. The theme is very much in the mindset of going for that Hollywood blockbuster feel.
"I think we're absolutely different beasts to those other games. I love to be in the company of those great developers and I think they did amazing work. I would never defame anything that they've done and I'm happy to support them with my own dollars, however I do think that we have a much better shot at financial success than they did."
You can see how The Conduit is shaping up for yourself over at our hands-on preview. The game's due out in Europe on June 26.
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