Another accidental theme today: strange yet awesome promotions. High Voltage Software, the dudes behind the forthcoming Wii shooter The Conduit, have decided to run a contest whereby gamers can design a control scheme for the title before it comes out and win things depending on how well their entry fares.
Like many good ideas, this one started as a simple conversation amongst the dev team. Lead Programmer Ed Federmeyer initially brought the suggestion to light, citing the flexibility they'd coded as an asset:
“Given how flexible our control scheme code is, and how we’re going to have several preset mappings to choose from…” said Federmeyer, “Wouldn’t it be a cool contest to allow gamers to propose schemes and we can take the best and burn them into the game as additional preset control mappings?”
“From the start of the project our primary goal has been to make the definitive first person shooter for the Wii, and specifically for core gamers. Asking core gamers for their input is just a logical extension of that rationale,” commented Kerry J. Ganofsky, Chief Executive Officer.
By the sounds of it, under a more narrow definition, this makes The Conduit the first open source console FPS (to my knowledge, anyhow), which can only make the game better.
All contest rules and details are below.
Using a standard Wii-Remote and Nunchuk combination, fans should send in what control mapping they think would be best for the following functions:
1. Move Forward/Back
2. Strafe Left/Right
4. Shoot Weapon
5. Target Lock
7. Reload Weapon
8. Scope/Binocular Mode
9. Switch Between Weapons Carried
10. Switch Between Grenades Carried
11. Pause Menu
12. Swap Between Weapon Carried and Weapon on Ground
13. Equip ASE (All-Seeing-Eye) / Special
14. Aim Reticule/Turn Camera
15. Melee Attack
16. Throw Grenade
Fans should also feel free to also suggest Wii-motions (gestures) to trigger actions - just be sure to describe motions thoroughly enough that they are clear to High Voltage Software’s design team.
Entries should be sent to Feedback@High-Voltage.com with the subject line of “Conduit Controller Mapping Contest”. Winning entries will be made available for selection through the UI as official controller schemes for The Conduit, with appropriate in-game credit given to their creators.
Contest entries must be received prior to November 14, 2008. Entries using duplicate schemes will be awarded based on whichever was received first. Winners grant permission to High Voltage Software (HVS) to use his/her name for professional and promotional purposes. All entries become the property of HVS and under no conditions does HVS promise any financial or monetary compensation to those who enter.