In a recent interview with Nintendo World Report, Guillaume Brunier, producer for ZombiU, spoke about Ubisoft’s recent launch title for the Nintendo Wii U. While ZombiU may not have been the ‘killer’ launch title many were hoping for, it did well to showcase what a third party developer could do with Nintendo’s new console. ZombiU currently holds a score of 77/100 on Metacritic, with a generally positive to mixed reception from critics and gamers alike. While Ubisoft certainly didn’t hit it out of the park with this title, there may be room for a revamped sequel sometime down the line.
While Brunier never gave any hints towards a possible sequel, he did have this to say in regards to the inclusion of a multiplayer story mode;
We did [consider multiplayer], but we ruled it out quickly as we thought we could not deliver it on time. How to bring a cooperative experience and still keep fear and tension is a question we would love to address though.
This quote could mean that multiplayer is on the table for a possible sequel, or perhaps an unrelated future title. With the incorporation of cooperative play in other series (Dead Space and Resident Evil, for example), it would come as no surprise if a follow-up to the Wii U’s zombie horror title would have similar features.
It’s easy to recall Red Steel, Ubisoft’s launch title for the Wii, when considering ZombiU’s launch reception. While Red Steel did show what the Wii’s innovative new controls could do, it was bashed by many for its execution. Similar complaints have been applied to ZombiU. Nearly four years after the Wii’s launch, Ubisoft capitalized on Nintendo’s new “Wii motion plus” accessory, to deliver tighter controls and improved combat with Red Steel 2. While it is unlikely that the Wii U’s gamepad will receive a similar upgrade, it does make a revamped sequel seem all the more plausible.
Hopefully we see more of Ubisoft’s grimy survival horror title within the next four years. ZombiU is available for retail or download on the Wii U.