Gabrielle Shrager would change one aspect of ZombiU if given the chance. In an interview with Game Informer, the game’s lead writer and story design director said that she would add in more melee weapons.
“More melee weapons would be one of the first things on our list. Give me a halberd to keep those zombies back! The pickings in the Tower of London’s armory would feel like Christmas!”
ZombiU players do have the cricket bat at their disposal. However, as Shrager explained, it’s intended “to be used almost as a last resort”. Shrager would’ve liked to see additional weapons for those who depend on melee combat.
“The cricket bat was designed to be used almost as a last resort, significant because it’s such a violent assault on your senses. Players quickly learn that it won’t save their bacon against more than one zombie at a time (either the hard way, or by listening to the Prepper). Some players depend on it entirely instead of scavenging for ammo and new gear, and these players deserve a richer melee experience.”