IGN talks to Eric Nofsinger of High Voltage Software about The Conduit sales, motion control pressure, and on-rails shooters.
Last week marked the release of the highly-anticipated Wii first-person shooter The Conduit from High Voltage Software. In celebration of the game's release, IGN sat down with Chief Creative Officer Eric Nofsinger and talked about what they expect of this major release.
One of the most important topics of discussion was The Conduit's sales.
After being asked if High Voltage feels any pressure and if they have any expectations, Nofsinger explained that "[they] want people to play the game because we think that anyone who does is going to enjoy the experience. As to sales estimates, we humbly hope it outsells every game ever made. [laughs] Seriously, we sincerely hope we have earned Wii owner's support in our efforts. The more support we receive, the more we will funnel those profits into even better original games for them."
The topic of sales has been much debated as of late due to the low sales of MadWorld on the Wii. The Conduit hopes to find a successful core audience on the system. Regarding motion controls, IGN asked Nofsinger if they felt any pressure to continue making games that feature motion controls.
"Not implicitly," said Nofsinger, "but we do feel the pressure to continue to make great games."
Another interesting topic is that of on-rail shooters on the Wii. With both EA's Dead Space: Extraction and Capcom's Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles on the horizon, IGN asked for the company's thoughts on these recent developments.
Nofsinger explained that this isn't a bad way to make games "it’s just a different way" that allows developers to focus on the things on screen.
As far as High Voltage's decision to go with the first-person shooter genre and not the on-rails one, "we wanted to create the best first-person gaming experience on the platform and we felt that the only way to do it was to allow gamers to control their movement."
Nofsinger added, "Having said that, we do earnestly believe that the Wii is capable of far more than gamers have played to date."