Ubisoft has announced that Zombi will be coming to the Xbox One on August 18th. Zombi is a port of the Wii-U launch title called ZombiU. We reported last month that there were rumors of the game coming to other consoles.
A post announcing the game on UbiBlog also detailed some of the upcoming changes to this version of the game.
While the cricket bat was your only melee weapon in ZombiU, Zombi adds two more implements of death for you to ferret out. The shovel offers longer range and the ability to hit more than one zombie at a time, while the nail bat gives you more damage and a higher critical-hit chance (while also being able to hit more than one enemy at a time). Even the flashlight is changing, letting players switch to a wider, further-reaching beam at the expense of battery life and a greater risk of attracting zombies. It’ll also have to be kept off for 30 seconds to recharge, forcing players to be even more careful than before about how they use it.
One of the coolest parts about ZombiU involved the Wii-U’s Gamepad. The Gamepad was used for inventory purposes and to look at the mini-map. Using the Gamepad was tense because it took the player’s eyes off of the screen. Those instances were nerve-wrecking because zombies could attack when you were most vulnerable. It’s a gameplay mechanic that definitely can’t be ported over to other consoles. The developers are fully aware of that situation.
Hélène Henry, Zombi’s producer says:
“We kept the central idea that you’re always vulnerable. Rummaging in the backpack still doesn’t pause the game. We’ve added a dedicated button to access the backpack, which lets players see their full inventory and assign shortcut keys.”
The developers also don’t want these changes to compromise the sense of fear that ZombiU gave the players.
maintaining that tension is a top concern.
Zombi will launch digitally for the Xbox One on August 18th.