The Conduit was easily one of the best first-person-shooters to grace the Wii console, but it lacked local multiplayer. The game did shine however for its online multiplayer efforts, and Wii Speak support.
Josh Olsen, Senior Producer for Conduit 2 spoke a bit about the sequel’s inclusion of better multiplayer experiences, both online and off.
Everything you can do online, you can do via splitscreen to include all competitive modes and the cooperative Team Invasion mode. We’ve spent a lot of time on a sweet splitscreen exclusive as well, namely the ability to lean over and punch your buddy in the arm if he looks at your screen. It’s something that you just can’t offer online, and one of the things that I really miss in multiplayer gaming. Online is a great experience to be sure, but there’s something special about having four buddies on the same couch playing in the same room. I have such fond memories of countless hours spent doing exactly that and I’m glad that we’re supporting it in Conduit 2. It [splitscreen] supports 4 players. And 2. And let’s not forget 3. For two players, you can set your screen to draw horizontally or vertically.
That’s great news. While even greater support for online multiplayer is fantastic, there’s nothing like sitting around with a couple of friends in the same room, and blasting their heads off with a rocket launcher. The much anticipated sequel is due out later this year.