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ZombiU Is Really a Blast from the Past

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Did you know Zombi was Ubisoft's first game?

ZombiU was one of the major Wii U announcements yesterday as part of Ubisoft's press conference, with a CG-filled trailer that showed plenty of zombie chaos. Our interesting fact of the day is that Ubisoft's first ever game release was called Zombi, which was an icon-driven adventure game released in 1986. It was critically acclaimed, and was originally released on Amstrad CPC as an exclusive, before it was later ported to such stellar systems as ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Atari ST.

A fact-sheet sent to us about the 2012 version, meanwhile, confirms that it's a first-person shooter, with an emphasis on horror and survival as you fight through hordes of the undead in London. There'll be a multiplayer mode where one player uses the GamePad for an overhead view, moving zombies strategically, while the second player uses the Wii U Pro Controller to fight for survival on the ground. You'll be able to customise zombies with well-known faces using the GamePad's camera, and if you die you can hunt your old character's zombie down, reclaim the body and in the process retrieve your loot. Our feeling is that this is shaping up to be one of the most interesting Wii U launch titles confirmed so far.

It'd be a neat touch, particularly to gamers of a certain age, to include the original Zombi on the disc for nostalgia when this title launches with the console. It also means that Wii U will always share an interesting fact with the humble Amstrad CPC; we didn't see that coming.


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ennan said:

Yeah - I have this in a cupboard somewhere. Looking forward to seeing actual gameplay of the new one though. Hope it doesn't disappoint. Really like the idea of the death mechanic...



NaturalGus said:

using your face to create a zombie with yuur likeness?
hunting yourself down if u become a zombie... that sounds fantastic!
i can NOT wait!!!



kyuubikid213 said:

This is the Zombie thing from NIntendo Direct, right? If so, then I will most certainly get it! Hope it has online co-op multiplayer. Like L4D. L4DU.



Lan said:

Wii U Pro Controller? No Wiimote? Are we ignoring the past six years?



odd69 said:

i like this idea. hope it does well, i will more than likely buy this.



6ch6ris6 said:

would be nice if you could use your wiimote+nunchuck to shoot down the zombies. i loved shooters with the wiimote



ThomasBW84 said:

I'm quoting the fact sheet, but I'd be surprised if there's not an option for Wii Remote + Nunchuk control, so I don't think we need to worry about that



Kage_88 said:

This game sounds pretty alright! I also really like the sound of that character-swapping concept...please don't make this suck, Ubi...



DudeSean said:

I'm sure the game will still support the Wii remote and nunchuck. They're just showing off the new Wii U Pro controller because it's new.

The Wii U Pro controller is what the classic controller for the Wii should have been 6 years ago. It's own controller (without needing to be plugged into the remote) and clickable joysticks. There's no excuse for lack of analog triggers since there will be downloadable gamecube games. Plenty of gamecube games made use of the analog and clicking of the shoulder buttons. Even Metroid Prime 1 and 2. It's just one more way that Nintendo's controller just isn't up to standard with the other two console systems.

Also, I think it's more likely that the original Zombi will be available on the Wii U's virtual console.



YorkshireNed said:

The Amstrad CPC! That was my old home computer. I only played Zombi on one of those budget compilations that came without instructions so it was impossible to play."Zombi" was, of course, the name for George Romeros classic horror film "Dawn Of The Dead" on continental Europe and Ubisofts' game was an unofficial tie-in with the film, featuring the same plot, setting and imagery.



C-195 said:

Zombies in London? I like it but, why no co-op survival in split screen or online?



ThreadShadow said:

This looks gruesome, but they idea of hunting down your previous self is a fun idea for many types of games.



leon_x said:

I would love to play multiplayer with 4 players more offline. 4 player with wiiremote (splitscreen) and the other player with his own screen.



Henmii said:

"It'd be a neat touch, particularly to gamers of a certain age, to include the original Zombi on the disc for nostalgia when this title launches with the console"

Yeah, that would be cool! I always wondered what Ubisoft's first game was. Now I know!

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