For the few months, ZombiU’s servers have been nearly as deserted as post-apocalyptic London. With little-to-no fanfare, it seemed like Ubisoft had unilaterally shut off servers to the once Wii U exclusive zombie title — what many assumed was the end of online support. Lo and behold, after the recent PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One ports (officially renamed “Zombi”), the servers for Wii U have turned back on. With online servers back in working order, players can now read the player-inscribed Demons Souls-esque messages.
Respected technology publication Digital Foundry have gone hands on with the revamped version of ZombiU for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Those of you who thought a lot would be lost without the addition of a second screen were apparently worrying over nothing as the site says that surprisingly little is lost by moving away from Wii U’s touchscreen. As you would expect things such as lighting and textures have been cleaned up for the current batch of consoles. Digital Foundry sums up its report by stating that Zombi may have dropped the U affix, but the essentials make it to new platforms without losing the central hook.
The folks over at Eurogamer have decided to take a look at Zombi which is essentially ZombiU for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The survival horror title doesn’t look hugely different except for the improved lighting and textures. One of the more notable changes includes the new field of view. This allows you to view more of the game world than before. For those gore fans out there, the revamped version of ZombiU also features more brutality than the original. You can check out the differences in the comparison video embedded, below.
One of the bigger news stories this week was the announcement by Ubisoft that they are bringing the beloved Wii U launch title ZombiU to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A number of you were wondering how the game would retain its intense atmosphere without the second screen. Thankfully, Ubisoft has explained how the new, and possibly improved, Zombi will work with traditional controllers.
“We knew from the beginning that maintaining the tension and feel of the original was one of the main challenges, as the way ZombiU was presented on Wii U cannot be reproduced,” says Hélène Henry, Zombi’s producer.
- Devs wanted to maintain a minimal HUD in order to preserve ZombiU’s sense of loneliness.
- Mini map now appears in a corner of the screen. Only appears when you need it.
- Increase of FOV to give player more spacial awareness.
- Accessing your backpack still does not pause the game. Backpack interface appears in the middle of the screen while player can still see to the left and right to watch for zombies.
- Multiplayer mode from Wii U removed as it simply couldn’t be done without two screens.
- Two new melee weapons: shovel and nail bat. Shovel has longer range and can hit multiple enemies in one swing, nail bat does more damage and also can hit multiple enemies.
- Flashlight has a new high setting with a wider, farther reaching beam but it will attract even more zombies when you use it.
- Flashlight now has a battery and has to recharge (ala Half-Life)
- Game “will perform better on newer consoles” (obvious) and controls have been tweaked to be more responsive.
Today, Ubisoft announced the development of ZOMBI, an upgrade of the acclaimed survival-horror game, coming as a digital download for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC on August 18, 2015.
After being one of the Wii U flagship titles in 2012, ZOMBI returns to challenge gamers on multiple new platforms to find out how long they can survive in dilapidated, infected London. For the second time in history, a great plague has shrouded the city in a fog of death. Thousands have died, or worse, been infected by a sickness more gruesome than death. Once again, this fear-fueled first-person shooter invites all players to dive into the horror, chaos and tension found in the best of the genre. The nail-biting survival experience has been optimized for PlayStation4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC, using the power of the latest generation of hardware to bring gamers to a new level of horror.
Players will experience the original oppressive and intense elements that made ZombiU so innovative. The bug-out bag is a necessary component for survival for each player as it contains all the player’s tools, inventory, first aid kits, maps and more. With permadeath, players are faced with a death mechanic which puts them in the body of a different survivor each time they die. In order to retain the equipment they previously gathered in their bug-out bag, they are forced to track down their old, infected character. Should players risk it all to get their bag back or start scavenging anew?
We heard ZombiU was coming to other platforms. It has been rumoured for quite some time, but we don’t know how the game will change for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The original was centred around the Wii U GamePad so there’s bound to be some big changes in this revised version for current generation consoles. The Taiwan rating board has listed ZombiU as coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but instead of being called ZombiU the game will just be known as Zombi. I guess we should get some official details about the game soonish.
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.