Taking to the Ubi Blog, Ubisoft confirmed that the minimap – which was on the Wii U gamepad – has been moved onto the main screen. As Producer Hélène Henry explained:
We maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible. 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.
You’ll also find a slight increase in the field of view (it can be increased and decreased slightly if you choose) and faster load times, while the control mapping and response was worked on to improve the look and feel of first-person movement.
Addressing some complaints of having a cricket bat as your only melee weapon, Zombi adds the shovel and nail bat. The shovel is longer range and can hit multiple zombies at a time, while the nail bat hits for more damage and can also hit multiple zombies. Additionally, the new flashlight will allow you to switch to a wider, further-reaching beam at the cost of battery life and the risk of alerting zombies, needing 30 seconds to recharge once you’re done.
Since the PS4, Xbox One, and PC can’t replicate looking at another screen while managing your inventory, Henry says, “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.” While doing this, you won’t be able to see approaching zombies unless they’re coming from the sides of the screen.
Finally, because they decided to focus on the solo mode, ZombiU’s single-system multiplayer that utilized the Wii U gamepad won’t be in Zombi.
A digital-only title, here’s what Ubisoft had to say about Zombi:
After being one of the Wii U flagship titles in 2012, Zombi returns to challenge gamers on multiple new platforms to find out how long they can survive in the dilapidated, infected London. For the second time in history, a great plague has shrouded the city in a fog of death and thousands have died, or worse, been infected by a sickness more gruesome than death. Once again, this fear-fueled first-person shooter invites all players to dive into the horror, chaos and tension found in the best of the genre. The nail-biting survival experience has been optimized for PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, and Windows PC, using the power of the latest generation of hardware to bring gamers to a new level of horror.
Players will experience the original oppressive and intense elements that made ZombiU so innovative. The bug-out bag is a necessary component for survival for each player as it contains all the player’s tools, inventory, first aid kits and maps, and more. With Permadeath, players are faced with a death mechanic that puts them in the body of a different survivor each time they die. In order to retain the equipment they previously gathered in their bug-out bag, they are forced to track down their old, infected character. Should players risk it all to get their bag back or start scavenging anew?
Zombi wasn’t given any further details, so we don’t know how the Wii U gamepad functionality will translate to this new version, if at all.
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