Last month, it was rumored that the underrated Wii U survival-horror game ZombiU was getting ported to PS4 and Xbox. Yesterday, Ubisoft confirmed this speculation with a reveal trailer for Zombi, which is the new name for the game once it releases on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC, on August 18th as an exclusively digital title.
Based on the initial trailer that Ubisoft released, Zombi looked almost unchanged from the Wii U version, yet one question remained. The game as it appeared on the Wii U was one of the few games that actually benefited from the GamePad's second screen experience, and it was unknown how Ubisoft was going to be handling the port in regards to this feature, seemingly integral to the DNA of the game. Now Ubisoft has laid it all out in the open, as they've released extensive details about the changes coming to Zombi.
First of all, the second screen experience is being completely dropped. It would be possible for Ubisoft to recreate it through other means on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, as all systems support some type of second screen experience, but alas, the feature is not available, not even optionally. Instead the map will appear on the television screen, if players so choose, and inventory management is also relegated to the TV screen.
While the lack of a second screen experience is probably the biggest change in the jump from ZombiU to Zombi, there are other changes coming to the title as well. The controls have been tweaked to allow for better first-person movement, and the player's field of view has been slightly increased.
In addition, two new melee weapons have been thrown in the mix. Besides just having access to the cricket bat, players can utilize a shovel as well as a bat filled with nails to help them kill zombies without wasting precious ammo.
While these additions and changes are nice, Ubisoft is also dropping some aspects of the game as well. The multiplayer that was present in the Wii U version of the game is being axed entirely, probably due to the fact that this multiplayer has heavily reliant on the Wii U GamePad, and Ubisoft seems adamant on abandoning the second screen experience that once defined Zombi.
All in all, Zombi sounds like a slightly improved version of the game that released as a launch title for the Wii U in 2012. While some fans aren't sold on if the game can retain its charm without the GamePad, two new weapons and improved controls are hard to argue with, and the multiplayer was generally disliked anyway.
For fans of survival-horror, it's nice that more Zombi is coming at all, even if it's just a port of the Wii U original. After all, ZombiU sold poorly for Ubisoft, resulting in the cancellation of ZombiU 2, so hopefully if this port does well, Ubisoft may decide to move forward with more games in the series.
Zombi will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 18th as a digital only title. A Wii U version of the game, entitled ZombiU, is also available, through both physical and digital avenues.
Source: VG 24/7