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ZombiU director discusses changes to melee system

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ZombiU was definitely a hit for the Wii U last year; it combined a visceral combat system with feelings of fright and terror as players are tasked in taking their survivor from the bowels of a London subway safehouse through the game’s gut-wrenching storyline. If you’ve played the game even for a moment you know how terrifying a zombie horde can be when you’ve got just the cricket bat, and story design director Gabrielle Shraver feels there should be more to the melee than just swinging that iconic bat.

Shraver told Game Informer that one thing she would change about the game if given the opportunity, would be to add  more melee weapons to choose from. Shrager realizes a lot of players depend on the cricket bat as their main weapon in the game and would like to provide a richer experience by offering them a variety of options:

“More melee weapons would be one of the first things on our list. Give me a halberd to keep those zombies back! The pickings in the Tower of London’s armory would feel like Christmas! The cricket bat was designed to be used almost as a last resort, significant because it’s such a violent assault on your senses. Players quickly learn that it won’t save their bacon against more than one zombie at a time (either the hard way, or by listening to the Prepper). Some players depend on it entirely instead of scavenging for ammo and new gear, and these players deserve a richer melee experience.”

 These changes would definitely add to the experience of the game in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind taking an axe to a Zombie’s head. Hopefully, this means the team is thinking about making a sequel. What melee weapons would you guys like to see in a ZombiU 2?

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  • guest

    samari sword pls and thank u.

    • Zeldatrek

      Yes that would be preferred but not a local weapon double edges broad or long sword would be more likely.

  • CTRAINGAMER

    I’m FIRST SUCKERS!

  • CTRAINGAMER

    crap…never mind…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DSS43LMQZ53KPZLBOFAQRLPUOE Chris W

    An update is out of the question right?

  • CTRAINGAMER

    I don’t know about melee weapons, but I think that if there gonna make another ZOMBIU then the need to place WAY less flares everywhere and give the player a slingshot that they could find some sort of ammo for. Players could use the sling shot to stun zombies for a moment to  get away and/or use it as a tool to lure zombies in another direction(WITCH WOULD COOL IN A MULTIPLAYER MODE AS WELL). What do you guys think of my idea? Reply and let me know please.

    • AAAkabob

      A sling shot to stun them? Bullets don’t even deter them so maybe a taser would be something more realistic to stun them.

  • Oblivion

    Fix your game first. Game breaking bugs are everywhere.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ecchievony Ecchi Evony

       what kind of bugs? i have not noticed even one yet.

      • Oblivion

        The official forums are full of them but for instance on my game the gas can never spawned. The game tells me to get the gas can but its just not there and of course that makes the game stuck forever.

        http://forums.ubi.com/forumdisplay.php/383-ZombiU

        Pages and pages of bugs just like that.

        • ScrewAttack

          I got super-punched by Dr Knight and locked in the sewers when I respawned :(

  • Per Paulpaule

    Zombi U DLC maybe? or a free optional patch i dunno

    • xdlugia

      That would be unfair for the people who already played through it.

      • the turth

         how would it be unfair? it would be a reason to pull the game out and beat it again with dlc and upgrades…

        use your brain, kid…

        • xdlugia

          Bitch please… Why do you call me a kid without knowing anything about me? If you were a grown up, you would probably be mature enough to let it be, but judging by your urge to call someone else a kid means that you want to feel “mature” yourself…

          So yeah… teenager boy behind a keyboard, use your own brain before jumping to conclusions.

          On topic: Wouldn’t you get pissed if you got through the whole game on the hardest difficulty, just to get passed by others who does it after a lot of help is added to the game?

          • ScrewAttack

            No I wouldn’t, I’d enjoy playing the game again with the new content…

            btw, why so defensive? A bigger man would shrug off an internet random calling them “kid”…

  • Carlos Aizprua

    I think that this would be a DLC content

  • goatringo

    oil balloons

  • savisn

    It would have been nice to have some sort of “upgrade” part way through, or at least have the cricket bat level a bit as the survivor gets better with it similar to how the weapons level up.   Either having fewer hits required (upgraded cricket bat level) or a better weapon that could engage say two zombies at once by being quicker like a blade or sword I think would have added to the fun.

    A Zombi2 that has a few more of these features, a less linear story and fewer bugs would be amazing.  Still think it’s one of the best games I’ve played in a long time.  I’m definitely Zombie fodder though :(

  • Colin Kells-Murphy

    I would like to see a chainsaw and make it so you have to scavenge for batteries. would make this game more interesting.

    • the turth

       why would you need to scavenge for batteries? the flashlight is rechargeable, and very quick to do so, might i add.

  • Juan Manuel Hornos

    This should totally happen. Either in Zombie u 2 or in a dlc.

  • Jeffrey Debris

    I keep reading about bugs etc, but I haven’t experienced any and got tons of hours in the game… What kind of bugs are other people experiencing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ecchievony Ecchi Evony

    axt, sword, knife, baseball bat, knuckles.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO PICK UP ANYTHING AND USE IT AS A WEAPON, JUST LIKE IF A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE REALLY HAPPENED

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurtis.banks.75 Kurtis Banks

    ZombiU was a double edged sword. What it gave us was a unique SURVIVAL horror experience, one where weapons and ammunition aren’t as abundant as many of us would like.  They stuck true to their vision which I admire.

    This also alienated much of the potential audience.  When I think of zombies, I think of shotgun shells, decapitation, flame throwers, and even more interesting ways to kill the already dead.  What ZombiU lacked was the over-the-top, death-to-zombie motif that we’ve all come to know and love.

    Which brings me back to my original point, should I blame a game for sticking to reality? or wish for something I’ve already seen before. I’m not a game developer, nor am I a critic, I only type what I’ve experienced.  It’s too bad really, ZombiU was a great game that suffered from it’s own great ideology.  

  • karlos e Alvarez

    why not a update?

  • Johny

    exactly that.. thats the only problem i had with the game.. and its the only aspect you would consider repetitive… only 1 melee weapon, and only 1 type of attack you can do with it (excluding the bash gesture).

    so yea… they would have to either add more weapons, or add more attack patterns to the bat.
    that would be amazing.
    Nontheless im REALLY looking forward to the sequel :D

  • Seth S. Scott

    I would love to see a pool noodle! 

  • Metal_Man_v2

    I see absolutely no logic behind this.  Now I’ll admit, I’ve never played this game, but from what I have heard, people are complaining the gameplay is broken because the melee cricket bat is too weak?  LOL WTF? Why are you trying to melee zombies? That’s a last resort! You don’t go around in Cod zombies knifing them all and expecting to last more than a few rounds.  This is idiotic. Please, someone explain.

    • Turquel Baker

      its because most ppl are playing it like its CoD and not a survival horror. Bullets are scarce, as they should be in a horror game.

  • lonewolf88

    add dlc with more story new guns and online!