Do you remember hearing about a game called Killer Freaks From Outer Space? If so, you might be wondering what happened to that previously-announced Ubisoft project. The answer to that question is ZombiU, a game that was born out of the above-mentioned title’s ashes. A Wii U exclusive, it was unveiled today at Ubisoft‘s E3 press conference, although details were scarce at that time.
Now that we’re about an hour removed from the company’s grand stage-based spectacle, we have some new information to pass on to you, thanks to a press release that was sent out to us.
Here’s the gist:
ZombiU is a survival horror/first-person shooter mixture from Ubisoft Montpellier (From Dust, Beyond Good & Evil.) It tells the tale of a fictional version of present-day London, where a virus has turned most of the city’s inhabitants into flesh-craving monsters. The resulting threat of a grisly death has mankind’s remnants fighting against the zombie onslaught, with players trying to keep individual survivors alive for as long as they can. If one dies, it’s on to the next body, forcing them to go back and pick up important items if need be.
The Wii U’s controller will become each gamer’s “ultimate survival kit,” which is referred to as the Bug Out Bag and includes everything they’ll need to survive. Additionally, the controller can also be used to create a connection between players and the game’s world.
Last but not least, ZombiU will offer a competitive multiplayer mode where one player gets to act as a zombie master. They will get to spawn freaks, with the hope that their undead army will overpower the opposing second player.
God save the Queen.
UBISOFT®’S INFECTIOUS ZOMBIUTM COMING EXCLUSIVELY TO NINTENDO WII UTM
Survival-Horror Game Showcases Wii UTM Controller and Delivers Intense and Terrifying New Gaming Experience
MONTRÉAL — June 4, 2012 — Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft challenged gamers to find out how long they can survive in the dilapidated, infected world of ZombiU – a new survival-horror game that will be released exclusively for Nintendo’s Wii UTM. ZombiU headlines a group of seven titles from Ubisoft that will be available for the Nintendo Wii UTM.
Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, the studio behind critically acclaimed titles like From DustTM, Beyond Good & Evil and, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, ZombiU puts players in the middle of London circa 2012, where an outbreak has infected the population, destroying their humanity and turning them into mindless monsters preying on the flesh of the few remaining survivors. This fear-fueled first-person shooter invites takes all the horror, chaos and tension found in the best of the horror genre and adds original interactive elements, including a unique death mechanic that puts players in the body of a different survivor each time they die, allowing them to track and take down their old, infected characters, recover their equipment and see if they can stay alive just a little bit longer this time.
ZombiU showcases the innovative features of the Nintendo Wii UTM Controller and creates new game experiences not possible on other consoles. The Nintendo Wii UTM Controller serves as the player’s ultimate survival kit, called the “Bug Out Bag.” The Bug Out Bag is a backpack containing all the maps, tools, weapons and supplies that players can scavenge from the limited resources available in the devastated cityscape. ZombiU also will use the Nintendo Wii UTM Controller’s touch screen, gyroscope and camera to create a tactile connection between gamers and the in-game world. Finally, ZombiU features a distinctive multiplayer adversarial mode that allows one player to take on the role of “Zombie Master,” spawning and controlling enemies from a top-down view on the Nintendo Wii UTM Controller while the second player fights for survival on the big screen in first-person shooter view with a Wii wireless classic controller.
“ZombiU is a dark and daunting game that gamers will love to play again and again,” said Guillaume Brunier, producer at Ubisoft Ubisoft Montpellier. “ZombiU takes advantage of the Wii U’s one of a kind capabilities and will be a launch title that every gamer will want to sink their teeth into.”
For more information on ZombiU, please visit the official ZombiU website (www.zombiu.com) and facebook.com/zombiugame
ZombiU also can be pre-ordered at UBIShop® by visiting: www.ubishop.com/zombiu
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