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High Voltage responds to allegations, says most are bogus

The following is a point-by-point response to the state of High Voltage from High Voltage's own Eric Nofsinger...

It’s probably easiest to go point-by-point through their diatribe:

- The company has laid off many people in the past couple years.

[EN] In our 19 year history, High Voltage has been put in the unfortunate position of having to lay people off. During the past two years our last layoff was in May of 2011, where we had to say goodbye to 8 people. Although we aren’t happy about that at all; we certainly aren’t alone. Still, I believe our track record with company stability has got to be one of the best in the industry.

- Many of the employees have been demoted to jobs well below their skill level.

[EN] This is completely false. To my knowledge, no employee has been demoted at HVS in a decade.

- After employees were laid off, one of the studios producers purchased a new sports car.

[EN] Again, super false. Although many of our employees drive nice cars, no one purchased a sports car around the time of the layoff.

- The company has some very good, talented people, but their work suffers under lackluster management.

[EN] We have amazingly talented people that I’m proud to work with every day. I sincerely believe we have a fantastic management team.

-Animales de la Muerte is actually completed, but the studio has no interest in releasing it

[EN] Preposterous. Seriously? What possible motivation would we have to sit on a fully completed game?

- even the employees don't know why this is happening

[EN] I know I was puzzled. =P

- HVS showed off footage of Animales de la Muerte that didn't show any blood or gore, all in the hopes of getting cash for the project

[EN] Animales without blood and gore wouldn’t be Animales. This makes no sense.

- HVS is very upset that Sega shipped a very low amount of Conduit 2 copies to retailers.

[EN] We do wish that Conduit 2 had been carried by more retail outlets but we harbor no ill will towards Sega.

- Conduit 2 features MotionPlus support, but there's no actual programming in the game's engine for it. In other words, it doesn't actually support the device.

[EN] This is 100% false. C’mon, do you really think Nintendo would allow that?

- The studio is likely going to focus purely on licensed kids games with short development cycles of 4-5 months.

[EN] Completely false. While licensed kids games will remain a healthy part of our balanced portfolio, we are working on many kinds of games. And for the record: while our licensed kids games do tend to have shorter developments, they aren’t 4-5 months. We hope to be able to share a lot of what we have cooking with you soon. In the meantime, please pick up the Zone of Enders HD Collection when it releases. It was a lot of work and we’re really proud of how it turned out!

- it's also likely that the company is going to work on iOS games in the near future

[EN] Thank you, great Nostradamus. Actually, we’ve been working on iOS development. Hope to have news on this all soon. =)


So there you go, a very direct and clear response from High Voltage. Now which side of the fence do you sit on?

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14 Aug 2012 13:28

Not as sad, but still kind of hurtful that this stuff was even said at all.
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14 Aug 2012 13:29

wonder what ever happened to the grinder....
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14 Aug 2012 13:48

Im surprised he didnt use any "Huh" in the responses :lol:
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14 Aug 2012 13:57

The allegations seemed to sound like someone venting their personal frustrations. There may have been some more truth to it then HV want to admit, but it's probably not as bad as was alleged.

HVS should be given props for the efforts they made on the Wii.

Hey HVS, how about taking Conduit 1 & 2, cranking up the frame rate and resolution and re-releasing them on Wii U's eShop. I never bought Conduit 2 but I would give it a second look.
Even repackaging them both as Conduit Complete, making some asymmetric multiplayer for the gamepad could be cool. It would require some development time, but probably not too much.
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14 Aug 2012 14:00

Whoa, I didn't know HVS was doing Zone of the Enders HD! That's pretty sweet. I plan on picking that title up regardless of who worked on it or not, but still nice for them.

I'm kind of disappointed that, in regards to Animales, he basically just said NOPE NOT TRUE! about it being done and sat on, but nothing about if its still coming out or not!

Oh well, not all of their stuff is golden, but they have ambition and they at least try so I respect them for that. I wish them the best.
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14 Aug 2012 15:04

chris_the_wing wrote:Hey HVS, how about taking Conduit 1 & 2, cranking up the frame rate and resolution and re-releasing them on Wii U's eShop. Even repackaging them both as Conduit Complete, making some asymmetric multiplayer for the gamepad could be cool. It would require some development time, but probably not too much.


I am totally expecting to see some great looking games from High Voltage Software for the 3DS and Wii U. Just remember to keep that framerate up! Image if HVS built a Quantum Engine 4 specifically for the Wii U. They certainly have the technical expertise to work with HD visuals. I think they would do well to work directly with Nintendo on a project as a second party. Like Silicon Knights, they would likely do much better with the rest of the aspects of their games if they had a little guidance.
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14 Aug 2012 16:10

Where is the grinder? Any wiiU or 3ds support?
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14 Aug 2012 16:15

Prophet6000 wrote:Where is the grinder? Any wiiU or 3ds support?


I forgot about The Grinder. That did look very cool. I'm cool with that on 3DS or WiiU.
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14 Aug 2012 16:50

Hyawatta wrote:
Just remember to keep that framerate up! Image if HVS built a Quantum Engine 4 specifically for the Wii U. They certainly have the technical expertise to work with HD visuals. I think they would do well to work directly with Nintendo on a project as a second party. Like Silicon Knights, they would likely do much better with the rest of the aspects of their games if they had a little guidance.


They came out with a new engine (the Infernal Engine) just a few months ago: http://www.high-voltage.com/technology.htm
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14 Aug 2012 17:19

i enjoy on a regular basis the horde mode local coop in conduit 2 , a real unique feature ... as in it's the only game on wii doing that to my knowledge. We've made the game reach bugs on many occasion and above all really hope for a sequel on wii u . Especially since they have proven , that they are willing to include all control schemes and all gameplay mode . Now if they could put the grinder on wii u with wiimote pointer aiming campaign, horde (6 maps at least) , online and local coop . That's one game that is going to be unique on wii u ....... since most fps will just be limited to the horrible analog "aiming" and actually there isn't a lot of coop fps local game as in splitscreen. i don't think cod or battlefield do it for instance.
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14 Aug 2012 18:09

Well what did you expect him to say? Yeah everything is down in the sh*ts?
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14 Aug 2012 18:15

@larknok1

They didn't make it, they bought it.

The Infernal Engine has been used in games like Ghostbusters for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
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14 Aug 2012 22:16

lol

"Which side of the fence do you stand on"? Really RMC?

What you're asking people is, "Hey, do you guys believe the RUMORS that my 'reliable source' told me? Or do you believe directly what one of the employees of the company has said?"



Sadly, my guess is that most people will choose to believe the rumors. People believe what they want to believe, most days.
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15 Aug 2012 00:09

chris_the_wing wrote:The allegations seemed to sound like someone venting their personal frustrations. There may have been some more truth to it then HV want to admit, but it's probably not as bad as was alleged.

Most of the claims definitely sound like they were made by someone trying to make High Voltage look bad. Not just that most of the claims are negative but the phrasing and what they are claiming.
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15 Aug 2012 00:18

I'd love to hear Conduit 3 announced for Wii U. With Wii remote and nunchuk support, but like that needs saying. If Sega won't bite, Nintendo should take it upon themselves to publish it.
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15 Aug 2012 09:29

Conduit 3DS with Gyro control, and 4 for Wii U with Gyro control.
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16 Aug 2012 11:03

Conduit 3 will never happen, for the simple reason that 2 didn't even manage to sell 100k copies worldwide, to my knowledge.

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