The Conduit 2 official word: Agent Ford goes to war

by: Sean Colleli -
We announced The Conduit 2 yesterday and now we have the official word from Sega and High Voltage Software. This is a sequel of epic proportions. In the first game Agent Ford blasted his way through Washington D.C., but now he’ll be traveling the globe to fight the Drudge in massive multi-tiered levels and cinematic battles.

On the multiplayer side of things, HVS has added the 4-player co-op invasion mode, and a host of new features, maps and customizable abilities for deathmatch. Invasion has off and online play, while deathmatch is still 12-player online. All modes have enhanced security—a welcome addition, considering dishonorable players eventually hacked the original game.

The kicker is that we’re getting this game by fall 2010—an unexpected and welcome surprise, with HVS’s other big IP, The Grinder, getting pushed back until next year. Check below for the first screenshots of Conduit 2—they look on-par with the first game, which was the most graphically impressive Wii title.

The first Conduit definitely had its flaws, but I scored it high because of its intriguing story and sheer ambition. I’m very pleased that HVS is pushing the limits of their original design, and no doubt they’ll really explore the multi-leveled conspiracy web they established in The Conduit. 2010 just keeps getting better for Wii owners.

CONDUIT 2™ GOES TO WAR

SEGA and High Voltage to deliver the most complete shooter on the Wii™



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.
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