It’s been rumoured for quite some time, but it would appear as though ZombiU will be headed to other consoles. The Australian Classification Board has rated a game called ZOMBI that is published by Ubisoft. It seems extremely likely that this is the rumoured ZombiU port that we’ve heard about. Guess we shall find out in the coming weeks. Currently it is only rated for the Xbox One.
ZombiU was an exclusive Wii U launch title that looked promising but didn’t generate any profit for Ubisoft, in turn dismissing any plans for a sequel. But now, the guys at Unseen64 have suggested that Ubisoft may be turning to port the game over to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, putting an end to its Wii U exclusivity. If this is true, they’re going to need to do some major brand and gameplay changing. You should always take rumours with a pinch of salt, but the Unseen64 gang have rarely been wrong so far.
Two Ubisoft titles have been permanently discounted in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is now $39.99, while the Wii U exclusive ZombiU can be purchased for $29.99. Both games were originally priced at $59.99. The publisher recently held a spring sale, where the digital versions of several titles received temporary price reductions.
Popular US retailer Best Buy is currently selling the well-received ZombiU for the cheap price of $14.99. ZombiU originally launched with the Wii U to mixed reviews. However, the reviews of the game on the Best Buy site are largely positive. It’s certainly worth giving the game a spin for $14.99.
Ubisoft’s EMEA managing director Alain Corre has explained to Polygon that Wii U exclusive ZombiU was a learning experience in second screen gameplay. Corre says that with ZombiU the game allowed them explore asynchronous gameplay thanks to the second screen. They have then taken this knowledge and tested it out on SmartGlass, tablets and smartphones. Corre then went on to say that the company believes in Nintendo, however it wishes Nintendo would put more energy behind the Wii U console.
“We have learned some interesting [things about] gameplay thanks to the Wii U. With ZombiU last year, it was one of the first times we could explore asynchronous gameplay thanks to the second screen. When we look at that today, it’s also thanks to that we’ve been able to create gameplay for games like Watch Dogs.”
“This kind of technology is thanks to the learning we’ve done on the Wii U tablet. So it helped us also to be quicker and to have today some of the best offerings in terms of second screen gaming.”
“We believe in Nintendo. Nintendo is a company that has proven in the last 30 years that they are able to fascinate tens of millions of gamers. Nintendo is a great game creator; they are magic to a lot of gamers. And we’ve had a lot of great experiences with Nintendo in the past, such as the Wii and the Just Dance franchise. It has become one of the major franchises on the Nintendo system and is growing on Wii U.”
“What we wish is that Nintendo can put more energy behind the Wii U, and find a solution to put more machines in the hands of the consumers. We feel that this machine can find its place, we just need more push from them to help find the market.”
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Yves Guillemot, Chairman and CEO of Ubisoft, has revealed that Wii U exclusive ZombiU wasn’t profitable for the company. Guillemot says the game wasn’t even close to profitable so they chose to make Rayman Legends a multiplatform title. Guillemot went on to say that there are currently no plans, or any desire, to make a sequel to ZombiU.
Yves Guillemot, Chairman and CEO of Ubisoft, is typically one of the biggest proponents of new systems, but betting big on the Wii U didn’t work out well for the company. ZombiU, one of the most popular launch titles for the system with players, was not profitable, he says. Not even close. As such, he says, there are no plans (or even desire) for a sequel.
It was, in fact, because of that game’s performance that Ubisoft decided to make Rayman Legends a multiplatform game.
We all love a good rumour, and Ubisoft Montpellier could be teasing a big one. The developer of the first-person survival horror game ZombiU is potentially working on a sequel to the successful Wii U title, but it’s still all hush-hush.
A member on the gaming forum NeoGaf spotted a tweet sent out by a fan to Ubisoft’s creative director Jean-Philippe Caro asking whether a sequel would ever be released. Caro replied with the following:
“Thank you for your interest in zombiu. The team is working hard on a prototype. it´s too soon to tell you more.”
In addition to this, Caro had a Twitter conversation with a fan over a possible sequel, saying it would be great if it could happen:
“It would indeed. *says no more*”
When developing ZombiU last year, Ubisoft Montpellier said they had a few ideas in the pipeline for a ZombiU sequel, giving even more relevance to this rumour. Would you like to see a sequel of the horror title? Let us know in the comments below.