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Video: See The Brains Behind ZombiU in This Dev Diary

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Release due 'this Christmas'

ZombiU is arguably one of the most intriguing Wii U launch titles announced so far, eschewing the bright and colourful approach of certain high-profile rivals and promising dark, frightening survival horror in a zombie-infested London. During E3 it also showed off some clever uses of the Wii U GamePad, by making it a key part of the game as well as the main controller.

Ubisoft has now started a developer's diary for the title to show off what it'll involve, how it'll work and to generally get us excited about its release. The first episode explains the concept of single-death characters — you take over someone else when eaten by zombies — as well as explaining the setting and some of the GamePad functionality that's used. You can see the video below, though as you'd expect of a zombie game there's plenty of gore, and if you want to learn a bit more about how it plays you can check out our ZombiU first impressions.

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BenAV said:

Really excited for this game.
They appear to be doing a great job with it, so I hope it turns out to be as fun as it looks.



antdickens said:

I really, really hope this is a good game - I'm one of the few members of the team that hasn't played it yet.

It haunts me of the whole Red Steel thing with Wii - Ubisoft put together some awesome marketing for a game that, on launch, ultimately wasn't up to the hype.

Here's hoping though.



Lan said:

exactly what I'm thinking. I was pretty hyped for Red Steel, ended up disappointed. I was weary of Zombi U at first but these videos make it look really good. But we won't know until it's released.



19Robb92 said:

I'm very intrigued, but far from sold. They have some very solid ideas, lets hope it all comes together nicely in the end.



LavaTwilight said:

Zombie games and/or the survival horror genre is one of my favourite but at the same time one of my most pickiest! The genre has, in fact, been destroyed by many games that are just terrible or even mainstream franchises (such as Silent Hill) that just become stagnant, predictable and repetitive.
I too was skeptical when this first came out but the more I see, the more I am being bought over. This could be (could be) the mother of all Zombie and Survival Horror games!!! Here's hoping indeed!



chiptoon said:

I really liked Red Steel, but then I only played it years after release and knew what to expect. It was B-grade all the way, but that's what made it so fun for me. Anyway - this holds shades of Red Steel for me too - but that makes me even more excited.



ajcismo said:

Sometimes Ubisoft is hit or miss, but there's no denying their enthusiasm. I'll pick this one up and only play it late at night in the dead of winter during a blizzard... with the wife watching. Thereby scaring the crap out of her. =) We all win.



hYdeks said:

@Araknie well, we have no idea how the first game is gonna go, so how about we wait for that one first, than judge

Personally, as and ADULT gamer who likes ADULT games, the games I'm looking forward to the most is batman, this game, darksiders 2, and NSMBU. I hope Nintendo continues to get these kinda games, if they do, I will get a Wii U in a heartbeat!!

To any editor willing to answer: has anyone heard if this is splitscreen co-op? cause if it is, that would make the game even MORE of a must buy for me.



triforcepower73 said:

I'm really excited about the gamepad usage in this one! Even my "hardcore" brother who likes "hardcore" games says that this looks really cool. And he's usually a nintendo hater!



rjejr said:

I just can't see this selling well at all. My word of advice, wait a few months and it will be $20. FPS zombie hunters are not going to be the people buying the WiiU this holiday as they already have a PS3 and Xbox360. Any parents buying this for heir kids will NOT be getting this game, not even if their kids are teenagers.
Not saying if it's good or not, just saying their won't be enough people owning the WiiU this holiday who want this type of game.



Undead_terror said:

well many should already know this is my kind of thing so if I ever get a wii u this will probaubly be my first game, hope theres a co-op endless mode.



Malic said:

This is one of the games I'm getting at launch with my wiiu, it looks good I hope it is



Malic said:

@rjejr I'd like to agree to disagree, the only reason I even liked cod was because of the zombie mode. Also I seriously doubt in a few months it's going to be $20. The more I see of this game the more I like and lots of people love these types of games and considering that this is the only game like this launching with the wiiu I think it will sell pretty reasonable. Oh and btw I have a 360 and ps3



RedBeanPorridge said:

@undead_terror I doubt that there will be a co-op mode since it doesn't seem like you can have more than one Ugamepad connected to a system at once unfortunately. Correct me if I'm wrong though cuz I haven't seen any concrete evidence of actually being able to.



Sean_Aaron said:

Hmmm, this doesn't look like it's going to have traditional dual stick controls after all. It occurs to me that they could use the gyroscope in the Gamepad to control the camera which might even feel more natural than using the IR pointer on the Remote. In any event this looks like it could be groovy enough for me to overcome my dislike of dual-stick interface for first-person action anyway...



MitchVogel said:

This game looks amazing, but I don't think it'll be that fun if it's pointlessly running around in circles and shooting zombies. Does anyone know if there'll be some mission based structure or something?



x-mas_mii said:

i hope for multiple control schemes. I personally don't want to shake to kill with melee weapons. before you know it, the gamepad has magically hit my sister



ianmage1 said:

Horror games are not for me, but this looks like a good idea for a zombi game. My sony fanboy friends who usually hate nintendo games are actually interested in this, which is definitely saying something!



imagiNATIVE_AK said:

Games like this are rare among Nintendo consoles (Well more rare than what the 64 had), I think this is going to make Nintendo skeptics EAT THEIR WORDS!!!



PatcherStation said:

@Araknie I bet it's a decent game, but as we all know, Zombie games are all tied to the same brush. But what annoys me with these games is that it's always a case of limited weapons and ammo, plus Zombies take too long to finish off. I bet Ubisoft are working on a version for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It was the same case with Code Veronica on the Dreamcast which was an exclusive, but it appeared on the PS2 under a slightly different title. There's no way Ubisoft would build a game and just leave it for one console.

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