Thu, Jun 09, 2011 | 04:27 BST
Killer Freaks from Outer Space is a Wii U exclusive
A second Ubisoft game for WiiU was introduced tonight at Nintendo’s third-party developer roundtable. Details inside.
At Nintendo’s third-party developer roundtable tonight in LA, Ubisoft showed Killer Freaks from Outer Space, a light-hearted FPS that takes full advantage of the Wii U controller.
Set in London after the invasion of a globule of alien pus that spews remarkably Rabbid-reminiscent violent creatures, Killer Freaks is being developed in France at Ubisoft Montpelier. It stars a foul-mouthed Cockney with a huge arsenal, who yells “Oi! Fack off!” and “’Ave it!” at the vicious little freaks as he melts them with a disintegrator gun. It’s a bit House of the Dead Overdrive in tone – like a low-budget B-movie.
You control the game with the Wii U controller gyroscope, turning and aiming by moving the controller around in real space. It seems that the small screen and the TV display the same thing, suggesting that you can also use the analogue sticks for movement and camera.
It looked like the demonstrator was having a bit of trouble aiming accurately, but this was extremely early code, so it’s difficult to say for sure how promising that new control method is. It looked good, though, with flickering London Underground signs and dynamic destruction on buildings and scenery.
Like Ghost Recon Online, Killer Freaks’ multiplayer was showcased with a 1 v 1 demo, playing on the same system. One player was using a classic controller and playing on the screen, the other had the WiiU controller.
Whilst one player plays it like an FPS, the other marshals freaks to attack them using the WiiU controller, in a system dubbed Real-Time Enemy Director. You see a top-down view of the map on the touchscreen, with your opponent marked. Using buttons on the touch screen, you drop freaks into the environment in an effort to overwhelm and eradicate them. You can also place energy boosters and enemy nests that spawn ever more freaks – like tower offence.
Killer Freaks is due in 2012 – we can assume it’ll be there for launch.