ZombiU takes place in a modern London stricken with a zombie plague, and the game's writers discussed that setting and story in a video released today by publisher Ubisoft.
According to graphic novelist Antony Johnston, who co-wrote the ZombiU story, the game is set in a "creepy, apocalyptic, hyper-real version of London where Hell is just around the corner." That setting gives ZombiU's developers at Ubisoft Montpellier the ability to deliver some striking set-pieces, such as an empty, unsettling Buckingham Palace.
Gabrielle Shrager, senior story director and lead writer on ZombiU, talks about the three main characters — the ex-army Prepper, a survivalist; Sondra, one of the leaders of the Ravens of Dee, a secret society; and Dr. Knight, one of the Queen's physicians, who is searching for a cure to the plague. All of them have different interpretations of John Dee's "black prophecy," the historical grounding for ZombiU's apocalyptic tale. Dee was a 16th-century Welsh polymath who advised Queen Elizabeth I.