When the Wii U was released in late 2012, it launched with about 20 titles showcasing Nintendo’s new implementation of third-party support. One of the Wii U’s biggest third-party supporters at launch was Ubisoft, which released Assassin’s Creed III, Just Dance 4, Rabbids Land, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, and a new survival-horror title developed exclusively for the Wii U, ZombiU. While ZombiU was a relatively critical success and ended up being a popular game for the Wii U user base, Ubisoft’s zombie shooter was a commercial failure, causing its planned sequel to be cancelled.
But Ubisoft is not yet done with their new survival-horror franchise just yet. Today, Ubisoft announced that ZombiU is lurking its way onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC under the name Zombi.
In Zombi, players take on a series of survivors in zombie-infested London. In the game, players must attempt to distract or avoid zombies rather than take them on with the scarce ammo they find. If the player is killed by a zombie, they come back as a different survivor and must take down their former, newly-zombified self to earn back all their old loot.
In its near three-year absence, Zombi has gained a hefty visual update. But it also gains a heads-up display replacing the mini-map once located on the gamepad screen on the Wii U. “We knew from the beginning that maintaining the tension and feel of the original was one of the main challenges, as the way ZombiU was presented on Wii U cannot be reproduced,” says Hélène Henry, Zombi‘s producer. “We maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible,” Henry says. “It disappears when not required, giving the game a very lonely feeling. If you have surround sound, the awesome sound mix from the original still stands and greatly helps immersion. As much as possible, we’ve tried to keep those key elements.”
Zombi also loses one thing that was very dependent on the second-screen experience from ZombiU: multiplayer. Zombi will remain a single-player experience. Henry says that, rather than retool the multiplayer experience for new systems, “we decided to focus on the solo mode, as we believe this is where the ZombiU experience really lay.”
Zombi will be shuffling onto PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 18.