A remaster of Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse seems to be clawing its way out of the grave, with the achievements list and a Microsoft Store listing leaking a release date for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on 16th March 2021. Fingers crossed it’s also coming to other platforms.
The game is a comedic twist on the zombie apocalypse, set in 1959 with the eponymous Stubbs rising from the dead and leading growing ranks of undead to topple the city of Punchbowl in the name of love. Stubbs has a number of undead abilities including zombie sputum, gut grenades and flatulence, using them to kill and convert humans to your cause.
First released in 2005, the game was developed by Wideload and was the first original title published by long-time Mac porting house Aspyr – a company that has just now been snapped up by Embracer Group. Of note, Wideload Games was founded by Alex Seropian, one of the co-founder of Bungie, who used his ties to the Xbox first party company to license the Halo engine for Stubbs the Zombie. You can really see that tie in the game’s sticky grenades and physics.
Stubbs the Zombie was fairly late to the party when it released on the original Xbox in 2005, just a month before the launch of the Xbox 360, but with a complimentary release on PC and Mac (which is where I played it), it was a moderate success.
The post is seemingly being handled by Aspyr, who’ve most recently been known for their efforts bringing classic Star Wars games to modern systems. They might have some issues in keeping the game’s soundtrack intact, though, which featured 2000s artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Cake, The Dandy Warhols and others performing covers of 30s, 50s and 60s era songs. Then again, the soundtrack was also published under the Aspyr Media label and can still be found on iTunes and Spotify, so it might not be a problem at all!
Source: True Achievements