It has to be said that the company impressing most at E3 this year isn’t any of the major console manufacturers but is instead the publisher Ubisoft. With a very strong line-up of titles from Assassins Creed III to Rayman Legends the French outfit has impressed a lot of people with their showing this year.
In amongst all of their other releases lurks a zombie game which may just have become the Wii U’s most anticipated release. Core gamers (if such a thing exist) had been calling out for a really mature gamer-centric game to be shown for the Wii U, and although it looks like we will have to wait for some Metroid, Zelda or F-Zero, Ubisoft seem to have stepped up to the plate with ZombiU.
An action game set in London this year (so a Wii U launch release is pretty much guaranteed), ZombiU is a first person action adventure game that it seems was touched on during that Nintendo video explaining all about the Miiverse that broadcast on Sunday night. The game has been created as a Wii U exclusive by the Ubisoft Montreal team.
The game relies heavily on the Wii U gamepad for various tasks like sniping and hacking door panels and was built from the ground up for Nintendo’s new hardware. It also looks the part with some fantastic looking environments and design work. In a nice original move, you play a survivor and when you die you are gone for good, re-awakening as a new character with your old avatar now a rampaging zombie!
There will be a multiplayer mode called survivors VS zombies which will utilise both the Wii U gamepad and Wii remote like so many other games that were shown off, no news yet on an online multiplayer setup though.
In a way it seems like a slower paced and more story driven Left 4 Dead which can only be a good thing, and so far seems like one of the best reasons to invest in a Wii U this coming holiday.