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.
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.
US retailer Frys is advertising a Wii U bundle that console owners can’t miss out on. The retailer is selling ZombiU, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Nintendo Land together for the bargain price of $59.99. The regular price for all three games is $129.97. Will you be purchasing this three game bundle extravaganza?
Ubisoft has announced that it has released a patch for the well-received ZombiU. The patch fixes a number of issues that have plagued the game since it launched alongside Wii U on November 18th. The main problem that the patch addresses is the issue where players are unable to progress through a nursery section because a door couldn’t be opened if they had followed specific steps. Here’s the rest of the fixes the patch addresses:
- On Mission 12, in the Nursery MAP, the interaction with the door in the basement of nursery was missing at rebirth if specific steps were followed.
- On Mission 13, in the Gas Station MAP, a Mission object that is mandatory to complete the objective was missing if specific steps were followed.
- On Mission 14, in the Circus MAP, if the player died right after recovering his Backpack, and rebooted the Wii U console, the objective was not updated.
- On Mission 15, in the Bunker MAP, the Panacea disappeared after the Player died while downloading it. However the objective remained the same (download Panacea).
- On Mission 10, in the Tower MAP, the Objective “Secure landing site” was not validated if specific steps were followed.
- On Mission 15, in the Bunker MAP, if specific steps were followed, the Player might get stuck in the Bunker after he took Doctor’s eye / Panacea because a Ladder disappeared.
- On Mission 16, in the MAP Safe House, the iron curtain in the Safe House lacked of collision during Mission 16. This Bug could lead to a scoring exploit on leaderboards.
- In the Safe House MAP, the Player saw a placeholder text when he dragged & dropped an item from the Blue Box to his holsters following certain steps.
- On Mission 12 or 15, in the Nursery MAP, the game crashed if the Player burned the Zombi Nurse while she died.
- Zombies animations transitions.
- Online messages spawned in the first section of the MAPs.
- Scanner’s start volume.
- Uplay cricket bat Cast Shadow has been removed.
- Optimizations of the framerate”
Kolgar from the NeoGaf forums is reporting that his newly purchased ZombiU 32GB Wii U bundle comes with the latest Wii U firmware update pre-installed. If this is indeed true then it comes as good news to prospective Wii U owners, as they won’t have to endure the lengthy updates that we’ve all been accustomed to before playing the system. Here’s what he had to say.
To my relief, the ZombiU consoles come with up-to-date system software–no need to endure a long update. Good thing, too because one you turn this machine on and that relaxing, melodic mix of music teases you from both television and Gamepad, all you want to do is dive in.
Nintendo of America has confirmed via a press release that the ZombiU Wii U bundle is officially coming to North America. The Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set comes with all the contents of the standard Wii U Deluxe Set, plus the addition of the ZombiU game, a black Wii U Pro Controller and a collectible booklet featuring artwork from the game and never-before-seen developer commentary. Nintendo Land will also be included as a downloadable game, rather than a packed-in disc. The jam-packed ZombiU Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail price of $389.99, a savings of $70 if all items were purchased separately.
The Zombi U Deluxe package that Europeans were able to purchase during the Wii U launch looks to be coming to Canada, if two retail listings prove to be correct. Best Buy Canada are offering the Nintendo Wii U 32GB ZombiU Deluxe Set Limited Edition for $399.99. The package also apparently comes with Nintendo Land bundled in (which could be a mistake), which wasn’t present in the European ZombiU package. The bundle is supposed to be released on February 17th.