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Ubisoft unveils ZombiU for Wii U

Ubisoft is making a play for the lucrative zombie-killing market with the release of ZombiU, an M-rated action game slated for an exclusive Wii U release (and, no, not a Zombie University sim which may have been equally cool).

Revealed during Ubisoft's E3 conference, ZombiU is allegedly built from the remains of  Killer Freaks from Outer Space, Ubisoft's former Wii U horror exclusive that was shown off at E3 2011. Judging by ZombiU's debut CGI trailer - shot in glorious zombie slo-mo, no less - the game will come by its mature rating honestly with scenes of graphic zombie killings, suicides, and loads of viral madness. Think Dead Island meets Dead Rising with a pinch of Resident Evil and you'll get the idea. Now stop thinking and start planning all the morbid things you'll be able to do when ZombiU arrives with the Wii U later this year.

Also check back later for the official trailer. Just make sure there's no little kids in the room when you do.

Update: Ubisoft's dropped off a press release shining a little more light on its Wii U survival horror entry. In development at Ubisoft's Montpellier branch (From Dust, Beyond Good and Evil), ZombiU is a first person shooter that takes place in modern day London during a “mindless monster” outbreak. In it, players will be challenged with surviving as long as they can in the undead chaos; however, death will bring the opportunity to hop into the body of another survivor, track down your former corpse and continue the fight.

Being a Wii U exclusive, ZombiU will act as somewhat of a showpiece for the Wii U's GamePad. One of its core functions will be to serve as an interactive “Bug Out Bag” which, if you're up-to-date with your doomsday lingo, is the term applied to an emergency survival kit stocked with the necessary weapons, tools, first aid supplies, and resources to survive a mutated outbreak. The GamePad's touch and motion controls will also be used in-game for various activities and in ZombiU's multiplayer mode, in which players will be able to use it to deploy a mutant army against their friends.

“ZombiU is a dark and daunting game that gamers will love to play again and again,” said Guillaume Brunier, producer at Ubisoft. “ZombiU takes advantage of the Nintendo Wii U’s one-of-a-kind capabilities and will be a launch title that every gamer will want to sink their teeth into.”

We'll be keeping track of ZombiU as it nears release. In the meantime, you can read the latest info straight from Ubisoft at www.ZombiU.com or its Facebook page (that is, when Ubisoft gets around to activating either).

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7 comments

  • CitizenWolfie - June 5, 2012 2:55 a.m.

    I always get my hopes up for a new zombie game only to be disappointed. This one does sound like fun though and the "interactive bug out bag" and body swapping sound like cool ideas. And if it's an FPS at least it's coming from the people who bought us Farcry.
  • J-Fid - June 4, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    This must be that zombie game that guy (with an obsession with a non specified action figure) was playing in that Iwata Says WiiU video I saw earlier today.
  • Smash_Bro - June 4, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    I really don't care for zombies at all, but this looks rather cool. I'm giving it a chance, and hopefully Eminem doesn't ruin it for me. He's supposed to promote the previously-unrevealed "Wii U zombie game," right? Weak name, granted, but looks promising nonetheless.
  • IceBlueKirby - June 4, 2012 5 p.m.

    Depending on how much of it is Dead Island and how much is Dead Rising, I'll know whether I want this or not after it releases and some reviews pop up. It's certainly not going to sell the console to me, but it might be worth making it one of the first few games I get when I get the Wii U.
  • SpaceOdysseus - June 4, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    After playing DayZ, I don't think I need another zombie game
  • Dadyo238 - June 4, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    When I first saw the trailer, I thought it was a sequel to Dead Island.
  • sutrebla15 - June 4, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    I thought the same thing. The trailer felt very similar to the Dead Island trailer.

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