Legendary Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has stated that Zelda fans will have to wait until next year’s E3 event in Los Angeles for news regarding the next instalment of the Zelda franchise on Wii U. During the same interview Aonuma explained that Nintendo have heard the complaints about the lack of openness in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii and are possibly looking to incorporate an open-world in the next Zelda game.
Can you tell us anything about the Wii U Zelda game?
“I’ll say more at E3 2014.”
Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker were very open worlds, while Skyward Sword was very closed. Is there a chance we’ll see that openness again?
“I think the most open-world Zelda we’ve had so far has been Wind Waker, just because you were able to sail the ocean and go all over the islands. When creating a game, we look at what is the core, kernel gameplay. You try to construct the game around that, and making that core mechanic the easiest to access.”
“For Skyward Sword, that kind of narrowed, focused world helped us with that, but at the same time it meant you didn’t have that wide-open world to explore. We’ve heard the complaint about lack of openness from a lot of fans. As we’re deciding what the core gameplay mechanic was, we have that open-world desire at the forefront of our minds, and we’re trying to figure out how to incorporate that as well.”