Yesterday’s teaser trailer for ZombiU was nice enough, but today we get a gameplay trailer that unfortunately is also kind of a teaser. Oh well, at least we know what they are planning. More importantly, new info about the game makes it sound really quite neat and unique.
This video – with fake person playing – shows us that Ubisoft is thinking of quite a few ideas for the use of the GamePad, from hacking locks and picking inventory to scanning for items and viewing security cameras.
The official site brings us some details on features we are to expect, and some of them sound pretty great:
TWO SCREENS, TWICE THE FEAR – Feel the tension mount as you try to keep an eye on your TV and controller screen.
SURVIVAL-HORROR AT ITS BEST – Resources are in short supply while your enemies are legion; you never know when you will find more weapons, ammunition, first aid and food. Use them wisely!
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR BOB: The new Wii U™ controller becomes your Bug-Out Bag; the ultimate all-in-one survival kit for your tools, inventory, med kits, maps and more.
UNIQUE DEATH MECHANIC – If you die, you wake up to play an entirely new character who is another survivor in the same terrifying position. You will want to recover your old BOB, now worn by the last character you played…who is now a zombie!
HORDE AT YOUR DOOR – Prepare yourself for the inevitable onslaught. Stock up on guns, ammo and supplies, and lock down your Safe House! It’s time to defend your home against the ravenous, infected horde!
SURVIVORS VS. ZOMBIES – An adversarial multiplayer mode where one player takes over the role of Zombie Master (top-down view) spawns enemies and springs traps with a simple touch on the WiiU controller; while a second player (first-person view) fights for survival with the Classic Controller!
MERCY KILLER – When your character gets infected, your online friends are alerted of your death and can come and hunt down your zombified character to loot the gear in your BOB and put you out of your misery!
BASED IN LONDON – A city steeped in grisly history, royal secrets and bloody tales, where the medieval fortress of the Tower of London and the stately Buckingham Palace contrast with the modernity of the world’s most cosmopolitan city!
The “mercy killer” bullet point will hopefully make the game stand out from others in the zombie game horde, and I especially like the “unique death mechanic.” Starting as a new character each time might make me more sympathetic to the poor character’s plight. I don’t want my character to die! He’s the only one!
Let’s also hope that the “survivors vs. zombies” mode is something that can be played online. Considering Nintendo mentioned nothing today about online plans, that might be a “no.”
As for story, here is the official word:
For the second time in history, a great plague has enveloped London in a fog of death. Big Ben tolls as hundreds upon thousands of the unprepared die or are infected by a sickness worse than death…
You are still breathing for now; but how long will you survive in the labyrinth of London streets and underground? The horrifying remains of humanity ravaged by the foul disease shuffle through the streets waiting to prey on your living flesh at every turn!
ZombiU™ is built from the ground up to take full advantage of the WiiU and its revolutionary controller that will test your will to survive in a fear-fueled zombie Survival Horror First Person Shooter. So grab hold of the Swiss Knife of survival kits – your Nintendo WiiU controller and make every second count; you only get one chance.
Stay human, we are a dying breed.