Rumor: The Legend of Zelda for Wii U slated for 2014 release; most ambitious title to date
Nintendo said we wouldn't have to wait five years between The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the next big game in the series. However, if word from Wii U Daily is to be believed, it looks like we only need wait two more years to go a-questing through Hyrule once more.
Citing a reliable insider source (the same one who revealed that Nintendo was working on Miiverse), Wii U Daily reports that the next big Zelda title will arrive on the Wii U in 2014. The site goes on to say that Nintendo is "betting big" for the new game, and if any of the following info, provided by the source, is to be believed, the final product will indeed be the stuff of legend.
Support for the claim that the Big N is going all out for "Zelda 2014" (mind you, that's just what I'm calling it) comes from the source's claim that Nintendo has assembled "hundreds of people" to work on the game at the company's EAD 3 studio; their largest development team ever. The project is being led by series director Eiji Aonuma, who has been working on it since 2010. "It's a huge investment for them [Nintendo] in money and manpower," the source said, "this is Rockstar/GTA territory."
That scope in team size also is apparent in the size of the game itself. The source made particular note of its dungeons, some of which are so large that they have to be broken up into 3 parts and require hours to complete. "The first test dungeon they made was a giant forest running on early and buggy Wii U hardware — the dungeon was bigger than the Hyrule field in Ocarina, and the whole thing is one dungeon".
According to the source, Zelda 2014 will also be the first game in the series to take advantage of online features. While it won't come with online multiplayer, the game will incorporate Miiverse features to some degree, allowing players to leave hints for other players in dungeons. The online features are still very early in development, so details there are lacking, unfortunately.
While online features are a big step forward for the Zelda series, it's not the biggest innovation that will be on display in Zelda 2014. That honor belongs to the GamePad, whose design, the source said, was actually influenced by the game. "At least one of the hardware features added to the GamePad were solely implemented because the Zelda team figured out they could do something cool with it". The source promises that never-before-seen elements will come into play in the game, which will show the world of what the GamePad is capable.
And, as if we need more evidence supporting the notion that Zelda 2014 will rock epically, the source closed off by saying, "It'll be the most innovative game ever, they got stuff that will be copied by others for years."
Sorry about the delay, I was drooling. While I'm very much geeking out right now, I regrettably must inform you guys that we all have to take this report with a grain of salt, being as Nintendo has yet to confirm or deny the source's claims. Still, if those claims of a release in 2014 are true, then we should have a better idea on how things stand within the next few months, optimistically speaking.
In the meantime, check out all that the source revealed about Zelda 2014 through the link below, and let us know what you think about the above news and what you want to see in the next Zelda.
Source: Wii U Daily
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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