Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Conduit gets a publisher

And it's SEGA. The much hyped, graphically powered, Wii exclusive first-person shooter, The Conduit, finally has a publisher. The game, developed by High Voltage Software has gained some critical praise for not only its highly detailed graphics, something virtually unheard of on Wii, but for it great FPS control scheme, similar to that of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Until now the game had been without a publisher, mainly because High Voltage wanted to build a powerful product of their own, long before any publishers came in to pull strings.

Full announcement at

I'm pretty pleased with High Voltage's decision; if it was even theirs. For Wii it seems if you want a game to sell really well, you have to be published by Nintendo. At the same time however, companies like Sega, Capcom, and Ubisoft have some pretty decent sales on the system. For me, Sega just makes sense .. in a way, for such a big critical title, it seems like the game should go to Nintendo's new best friend. At the same time, I dislike Ubisoft, and when they decided to publish No More Heroes, it bothered me, so I'm glad I won't have to deal with that again. As for say Capcom, the title just doesnt seem to fit with their style, same goes for Square-Enix. And forget companies like THQ, because if the game was in their hands it would never sell; sorry, it's true.

But back to Sega. Good for them, if the final product is as good as critics make it sound; not to mention the game will be supporting both WiiSpeak and Wii MotionPlus, one of the select few titles to do so. But remember Sega also has another critical Wii hit in works, Platinum Games' MadWorld. And aside from Wii, there's Bayonetta, also from Platinum Games; and new Sonic titles Sonic Unleashed and Sonic and the Black Knight. At this point, it seems Sega's best bet is to move on from Sonic, because it's the titles without him that seem to be getting the most praise, only time will tell.

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