When the Wii U game console launched in 2012, fans hoped that companies other than Nintendo would make games for it. That hope didn't take long to fizzle. By the middle of 2013, those third-party game publishers bellowed loudly about why they had jumped ship—and loudest of all was Ubisoft, whose games Rayman Legends and ZombiU relied pretty heavily on the system's touchscreen GamePad.
The long-delayed Rayman Legends eventually found its way to other systems, but ZombiU, a launch game for the console (and this author's pick for the most compelling Wii U game to date), was another matter. Its post-apocalyptic terror relied on that touchscreen—on making players manage inventory, puzzles, security cameras, and other stuff on a smaller screen while zombies raged on your TV—making it a rare delight in an otherwise crowded zombie-gaming landscape. Sadly, its low sales on the Wii U spelled death for the brilliant franchise.
Or so we thought. Thursday brought news that Ubisoft was bringing the series back—with the letter U blatantly chopped off—on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. The newly named Zombi will see a digital-only launch on August 18, but no real gameplay footage yet exists—just the above teaser video. We simply have Ubisoft's announcement to go by, which confirmed that the game's minimap will move to the main screen. Players will have a screen-filling inventory menu that will still afford a peripheral view of oncoming undead.