Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed that he is a fan of Bethesda’s critically acclaimed Skyrim. Aonuma was asked whether or not he was looking at any other titles for inspiration for the next generation Zelda title for Wii U. Aonuma replied Skyrim, and said that his intention isn’t to copy the game, but to create something that genuinely stays with the player. Would you like the next Zelda game to take inspiration from Skyrim?
“Skyrim! [For some reason mention of Bethesda's fantasy epic tickles him, and he laughs.] Obviously I play other games, and I’m curious what Zelda fans like about the Skyrim experience. Maybe there are some Zelda fans who are looking for something similar out of a Zelda game. But I don’t look at the technology that made these games possible. I don’t look at what’s happening in the game, but how it made me feel, what in the game moved me, and how I can bring out those same emotions in players who play my games. My intent isn’t to copy them, but those are the things that stay with you as a player. It’s not what you see but how the game makes you feel that makes you feel closer to the experience. It’s more about the feeling and expression of emotions in the game, and I do take that into consideration when working on my own projects. It’s like the difference between someone who takes a picture and looks at that picture when drawing a painting, and someone who sees something, keeps it in their head and then tries to recreate that.”