Ubisoft is hard at work getting ready for a brand new intellectual property (IP) for Nintendo’s next-generation console, the Wii U. Ubisoft has recently released a new trailer for the survival horror game titled ZombiU. The trailer, titled “In the Eye of ZombiU”, explains how some of the gameplay and survival horror elements will work in the game.
One of the biggest features of the Wii U will be the touchscreen on the controller, and Ubisoft wants to make full use of the screen. Some of the uses of the screen are explained in the trailer, such as accessing your backpack and picking locks, without pause the game. This could potentially create more tension while playing, as you’ll be able to see your character frantically picking a lock while a horde of zombies is slowly making their way towards you.
Ubisoft also explains that death for a character in the game will be permanent. According to the video, once your character dies, you will not be able to see that character, except as a zombie when you chase that character down to get your backpack back.
Nintendo seems to be really focusing on the touchscreen on their controller for the console. Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo hopes that the Wii U’s innovative GamePad controller with the screen will help the console be different from what Microsoft or Sony would be doing, and hopes to change the way people think about a gaming console.
ZombiU seems to be making interesting use of the Wii U controller
With the Wii U, Nintendo promises that it won’t miss out on multiplatform games, because the hardware will be much closer to what Sony and Microsoft will have to offer. "We have not successfully kept the momentum of the Wii for about the last two years because third-party publishers have released a smaller number of game titles and Nintendo has also decreased new games for the platform in preparation for the launch of the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U," said Iwata at an annual meeting with shareholders.
According to an earlier report, Nikkei, a Japanese business newspaper, had claimed that the Wii U will release for about ¥30,000, which is Rs 21,000 approximately. For the sake of comparison, the PlayStation 3, 160GB model has an MSRP of ¥24,980 (around Rs 17,600), and the Wii's MSRP is ¥20,000 (roughly Rs. 14,000) in Japan. The newspaper also reports that the Wii U will support non-game content, including a car navigator, books, and a karaoke service with around 10,000 songs. An unnamed senior publisher spoke with MCV UK, stating that the Wii U “will definitely be less than £249”.
Earlier, Amazon had the Wii U at a £199 (around Rs 17,000), but they had to remove the listing and the pre-orders because that was not what the price was supposed to be. Amazon’s mistake came at the expense of the consumers who pre-ordered Nintendo’s next generation console. Various sources are now reporting that the Wii U will cost around £50 more than the price that Amazon had listed.