Around this time last year, Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that we’d have to wait a bit longer (later this year, to be exact) to see the upcoming Zelda entry hit the Wii U. Since then, Nintendo has been keeping details about the highly anticipated title pretty close to the vest. With the title set to launch sometime this year, fans were especially concerned when the Japanese giant didn’t address the title during the first big Nintendo Direct of the year. Luckily, Aonuma took to the web today to reveal that development is going well.
By the sound of the producer’s remarks, the team has been pretty busy. He drew an interesting comparison to Skyward Sword‘s development.
As he explained to fan site Famitsu, “When we did Skyward Sword for the Wii, at the end stages of development, I was in charge of the characters’ dialogue and the in-game text. And, now as well, it’s like it was then. I had to work on text today, too.”
It certainly sounds like things are coming along. As we already suspected, the company is going in a different direction with the game. While we still don’t know whether the game will be open-world (as rumored), we now at least have confirmation that the game will be treading new ground (similar to when the developer produced Ocarina of Time), and boasting a more Western flavor.
“The game has really taken shape, and things have gotten easier. That means things are progressing well. I think the base of our secret sauce has always been Ocarina of Time. But this time, the change in flavour will be like going from Japanese food to Western style food. Perhaps, players will be surprised. Please look forward to it, because I think we’ll be able to make ‘something new’ like Ocarina of Time was.”
We’re not sure what the new Western-style entails, but we can’t wait to find out! Hopefully we learn more soon. What do you think of Aonuma’s remarks? What do you hope to see? Share your theories below, or strike up a conversation with me on Twitter: @Samantha_Sofka!
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