"We wanted a realistic zombie experience," says senior producer Guillaume Brunier in a new developer video diary. "We want something you have never played before. When a character in your game dies, you don't get to play with him or her again, ever. You will only see him or her again as a zombie when you go after them to get your backpack back. We want players to feel the tension of one life. What would you do? How long would you survive?"
ZombiU is set in modern day London, after a viral outbreak turns everyone into shambling brain-chomping ghouls. The aim, according to Brunier, was to bring back "old school survival games where fear is at the centre of the experience." The video showcases gruesome headshots and messy melee weapons, as well as a series of bloody confrontations in front of a desolate Buckingham Palace, with zombie guards in their iconic bearskin hats, and even a podgy British bobby hungry for flesh.
The game will use the Wii U gamepad as a digital survival kit, with the secondary touchscreen operating as both map, inventory and radar. This, Brunier hopes, will "bring back the slow pace" that rival titles - presumably the more action-based Dead Space 3 and Resident Evil 6 - have abandoned.
ZombiU is currently slated for release alongside the Wii U this winter.