Former Wii-Exclusive ‘The Grinder’ Goes Multi-Platform


It’s not too often a Wii-exclusive loses it’s exclusivity. In an interview with IGN, High Voltage Software, producer of multiple WiiWare titles and other Wii-exclusives, such as the Conduit (they also have a collection of other games on multiple consoles/platforms as well, but focus has been on Wii for some time), has come forward with word that their “gory” first person shooter will be hitting all three major consoles, as well as PC. It was believed to be the Wii’s answer to the Left 4 Dead series.

Despite having a Wii, I have never played the Conduit so I’m not sure whether it’s any good or not, but this is supposedly a spiritual successor to the title (read: not a sequel). We won’t really know any details on the differences between versions until GDC (March 9-13), but as far as gameplay goes, according to the interview, there are (local) co-op and multiplayer modes, so those interested in that will be able to play with friends in the same room or online.

There is also a focus on single player and replayability:

It’s fleshed out a lot since E3! We have a large gameplay experience planned which includes a lengthy story mode, planned DLC, and an experience system that promotes replayability. I don’t want to give too much away, but we are very excited about the release of Grinder as well as providing future support of the game with regular updates.

The game sounds pretty interesting, but, to be honest, I didn’t really care for the Left 4 Dead series, so if it’s similar to that, I’ll probably pass. Unfortunately, though, the title isn’t planned to be released until Halloween of 2011 (probably because they’re an independent, self-funded entity). This might interest some folks, though!


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by fleakitten on February 4th, 2010 [ 26489 Points ]

    Kind of reminds me of Hunter: The Reckoning. Have something to look for in 2011 I guess.

  2. #2 by JimmyMagnum on February 4th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    yeah, I believe the article talked about that game inspiring a bit of it as well (in fact, they’re by the same studio, so I guess you can say its a spiritual successor to both Hunter: the Reckoning and the Conduit).

    I’d probably go so far as to say that the selectable characters from Hunter, and the first person shooting of the Conduit would make both about equal contributors, though, everything is set in a gritty western/horror setting


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