A new listing for 2005 original Xbox title Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse has appeared on the Microsoft Store, which has led folks to suspect that the game is coming back in some form. The cheeky zombie adventure hasn’t been seen for some time, so seeing it claw back to the surface is kind of shocking. The listing was spotted by True Achievements, who pointed out that it seems to just be a port of the original game. No fancy remaster going on here.
Players will play as Edward “Stubbs” Stubblefield, a travelling salesman who gets turned into the undead. In a title that sort of shambled so Destroy all Humans could run, Stubbs leads a horde of zombies around in a very tongue-in-cheek invasion of earth. Taking slow and steady control of the sleepy town of Punchbowl, PA, you can sew some real chaos.
The city has blended into this strange mix of dystopian sci-fi and 1950’s futurism, and a zombie outbreak looks like fertile ground for burning it all down.
This is one of the games that Aspyr Media, who were recently bought up by Embracer Group. The latter company went on a bit of shopping spree this week as they bought out Gearbox in $1.3 billion deal. This comes after the original THQ was involved in publishing the 2005 version. So it’s kind of easy to see where the threads are being drawn from an IP perspective. The original version was developer by Wideload Games—who closed in 2014.
According to the release date listed on the page, Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse on March 16 on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
We don’t have footage to show you yet, as it has not been officially announced. So if you want to get a feel for what this horror comedy looks like, check out some gameplay below.