|Developer(s)||High Voltage Software|
|Platform(s)||Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows|
|Release date(s)||Halloween 2011|
|Genre(s)||First-person shooter (wii), Third-person shooter (xbox 360, PS3, Windows), survival horror|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, multiplayer, online multiplayer|
|Media||Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Wii Optical Disc|
The Grinder is a first person shooter video game in development for the Wii, and a top view shooter in development for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows by High Voltage Software. It is scheduled for release in 2011, although it has yet to obtain a publisher.
In an alternate universe, mythical creatures such as vampires, werewolves and zombies are a reality, and the people of Earth have adapted to their presence. A small group of monster hunters, comprising Hector, Doc, Miko and AJ, are hired by the mysterious organization called "Book" to exterminate these threats while investigating the source of the outbreak.
In The Grinder, players control one of four characters, each with their own unique attributes which can be upgraded as the game progresses. Players will have to use different techniques to defeat certain foes, and will have access to a large number of weapons, some of which can be dual wielded. The game will also offer players complete customization of its controls, and is stated to support Wii MotionPlus.
An online multiplayer mode will be included in The Grinder, which will make use of the Wii Speak peripheral. Each level can be played online cooperatively, with support of up to four players simultaneously, and will have multiple routes.
At the 2010 Game Developers Conference, it was revealed that the HD versions of the game would be a top-down shooter wherein four players share one screen, rather than a first-person shooter. It has not been announced if the Wii version will see the same change.
The Grinder will use the Quantum3 engine, which High Voltage confirmed would help push the amount of characters onscreen to the maximum. The developers are also working to have the game contain no loading times. High Voltage Software previously worked on Hunter: The Reckoning and confirmed that The Grinder was influenced by that game. Left 4 Dead was also an inspiration, as were grindhouse horror films.
The Grinder was in development for the Wii only, but a later interview revealed that ports will be made for other platforms.