Could it be…?
One of the highlights of the Wii U’s launch lineup was the survival horror game ZombiU by Ubisoft, a game that stands as a unique entry into its genre, as well as one of the rare examples of a game using the Wii U’s Gamepad controller in a way that enhances the game experience rather than detracting from it (that the game came from a third party like Ubisoft is even more astonishing in that regard).
ZombiU was a bet made by one of many publishers on the Wii U, Nintendo’s newest box that promised an engaged, hardcore audience that would be more interested in traditional game offerings over the casual fare that had so characterized the game output on the Wii. It was a gamble, and it failed- ZombiU remains a cult hit, but it was a bomb sales wise, to the extent that, much to the extent of many, Ubisoft later announced that there would be no sequel to it, that indeed, there would be no more ‘mature’ and ‘hardcore’ games on the Wii U from the publisher at all.
Which is what makes this new listing for ZombiU 2 from Amazon France most curious– it could, of course, just be a mistake, and it wouldn’t be the first time that something like that happened. But what makes it interesting is the fact that the listing even goes as far as to specify an exact release date for the game, rather than the usual generic ‘December 201X’ release dates that pervade speculative listings.
Either someone has a lot of time on their hands, enough to play an elaborate prank like this on everyone, or Amazon France knows something the rest of us don’t. Either way, seeing a ZombiU 2 on the Wii U, one that polishes the rough edges present in the original, and that also has a chance of reaching out to the bigger and more engaged audience that the Wii U has now, would be great.