Earlier this summer, we got a first look at the Legend of Zelda game for Wii U, which takes place in a vast open world. Series producer Eiji Aonuma shared more in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine about its latest developments.
During the interview, Famitsu brings up the new Legend of Zelda game that was showcased during this year’s E3, and state that it was pretty well-received by fans.
Aonuma replies that it was indeed well-received, and he was told by many people that it looked beautiful. Since the new Legend of Zelda game will take place in a vast world, what we saw from the E3 video was a result of brainstorming through various ideas.
Aonuma explains, “Rather than seriously considering something photorealistic using the real world as a model, the vision comes from inspiration by Japanese animation and such from the past that I may or may not have watched before. That’s how the [vision] came to be.”
He emphasizes, “At the moment, it’s currently looking even more amazing than what we got to show you at E3!”
Next, Famitsu points out that the video even showed a giant monster. According to Aonuma, a monster like that, that will require you to go on a high-speed chase while riding on a horse and figuring out what to do, is something new to the series.
The idea, he says, came from thinking “if there were such an enemy, how would one defeat it?” What we saw at E3, according to Aonuma, was just a glimpse of how this will be done. He also says there will be more to see next year.
“We’re definitely at a stage of trial-and-error, but we’re starting to see the characteristics of what it’s like to have a Legend of Zelda game that plays in vast and seamless world,” Aonuma tells Famitsu. “I believe we’ll be able to show something new again during next year’s E3.”
The new Legend of Zelda for Wii U is expected to release sometime in 2015.