In an interview to EL33TONLINE, Nicolas Robin, associate producer for Ubisoft’s Wii U survival horror ZombiU, said that their game’s world structure was inspired by Metroid.
And regarding the structure of the world we were really inspired by Metroid. So basically you will gain some abilities or new tools that you will discover in the game. There are very open areas that we show but you are not able to go there.
Exploration limited to the player’s skills and tools are very much a Metroid mechanic, and it’s nice to see it used in other games.
ZombiU will be released on November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe, along with Nintendo’s new console Wii U. A limited edition bundle including the console and ZombiU will also be available in Europe.