Ubisoft’s upcoming Wii U exclusive, ZombiU, launches alongside the new console on November 18th. The survival horror game is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB. ZombiU features strong language, intense violence, blood and gore.
Rating summary: In this survival horror game, players assume the role of London inhabitants in the wake of a zombie invasion. From a first-person perspective, players scavenge the city and use realistic firearms, explosives, and melee attacks to kill waves of zombies; battles are highlighted by loud shrieks, impact sounds, and large splashes of blood. Players can also perform finishing moves to dispatch downed zombies: stomping on/bashing in their heads in with a cricket bat. Attacks often result in decapitated/dismembered bodies, and dead enemies continue to incur damage when shot. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.
According to Ubisoft’s Chris McEntee, bringing Rayman Legends to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is possible. However, because Wii U is packaged with a Wii U GamePad, which features a 6.2 inch touchscreen, the upcoming platformer is a Wii U exclusive; if the game was coming to PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, to get an experience similar to Wii U, consumers would have to purchase a PlayStation Vita or a touchscreen device that’s compatible with the Xbox SmartGlass application.
“Well, technically we could to it with SmartGlass [for Xbox 360] and with the Vita being linked to the PlayStation 3. The possibility could be there, but we chose to really focus on Wii U specifically because it has a special toolset, and because everyone that buys it gets what they need to play the game.”
“We don’t want to have the player dependent on other technology that they have to purchase to make sure they can play the full experience. Here you buy the Wii U system, you buy the game, and you can experience all of the content without extras. And we didn’t want to give somebody half of the experience just for the sake of getting it out on another console. We want the player to get everything that we have to offer them from this game.”
-Chris McEntee, Ubisoft designer
Yesterday, IGN uploaded a video that shows footage of Rayman Legends’ Castle Rock level, which features music inspired by a familiar rock anthem. Feel free to watch Rayman run through the creative level above. Rayman Legends is scheduled to launch this holiday exclusively for Wii U.
AnimeToxin ranked MadWorld, exclusive to Nintendo’s Wii, as the fifth “most violent and gruesome game in the history of games.” Developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega, MadWorld is an extremely violent sandbox game with lots of red blood throughout. Here are the site’s picks for the five most violent video games:
- [PS2] Manhunt
- [Xbox] Ninja Gaiden Black
- [PS3] God of War III
- [PC] Mortal Kombat 4
- [Wii] Madworld
The World Ends With You’s teaser site is still counting down prior to a reveal, but Square Enix may have accidentally spoiled its own surprise. A new The World Ends With You soundtrack is listed on the publisher’s online store, which mentions that a version of the game will launch for iOS devices later this year. It looks like The World Ends With You will no longer be exclusive to Nintendo’s dual-screen handheld, the Nintendo DS.
According to the latest trailer of the game, Rayman Legends will be a Wii U exclusive. Back in June, a Ubisoft employee claimed that Rayman Legends may not be Wii U-bound. Because of these two messages, Joystiq asked Ubisoft just to make sure and were told that “yes, Rayman Legends is a Wii U exclusive. It will be releasing in Holiday 2012.”
Although Ubisoft’s Xavier Poix said that Rayman Legends will be exclusive to Wii U, Michael Micholic, the senior game manager at Ubisoft, says otherwise. Micholic confirmed that Rayman Legends will be a launch title for Wii U, but claims that Ubisoft is “not really saying it’s a Wii U exclusive.”
“We’re not really saying [Rayman Legends] is a Wii U exclusive although all right now we’re showing is the Wii U. We’re looking at a lot of different launch options. We’ll keep you guys updated once we know for sure, but right now we’re just talking about the Wii U.”
E3 has only begun but not every video game company is celebrating with new games. On Monday’s EA press conference, a new partnership between the UFC and EA was made. Prior to this, the UFC franchise was exclusive to THQ. THQ has just revealed that they closed their San Diego studio and fired its employees.
THQ confirms that today’s announcement regarding the UFC license transition will affect the company’s San Diego studio. THQ is working closely with those relevant staff to either find possible employment within the company, or potentially with EA.
Karl Stewart, Crystal Dynamics global brand manager, has stated that the development studio will be making a very big announcement after the new Tomb Raider trailer is shown exclusively on Spike TV at 10:00pm PT this evening.
“Don’t forget to mention that we have a VERY big announcement off the back of the Tomb Raider trailer reveal,”
- Karl Stewart to Geoff Keighley on Twitter
US gaming publication, Nintendo Power, may be set to unveil a new exclusive Nintendo title if the current issue is to be believed.
“In the wake of this year’s fantastic E3, we’ll take a closer look at some of the big Wii and DS titles slated for the rest of 2009. That includes an in-depth investigation of the long-awaited Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. We’ll also review Wii Sports Resort and maybe even unveil a couple of cool surprises. Not every cat was let out of the bag at E3.”