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.
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.”
Thanks, Nick W