According to Wii U Daily, they have a source that is stating we could see a new Zelda game in 2014. The source is said to be very reliable, and accurately leaked the Wii U achievements in the past along with other rumors turned reality.
According to the source, the new Zelda will not feature the darker style that was highlighted in Twilight Princess, however it will feature a look more in the art style of Skyward Sword. “Nintendo is sticking to the core values of Zelda, while trying to appeal to a wide range of gamers, casual and hardcore”, stated the source, adding, “They feel they’ve found the sweet spot with Skyward Sword, and they’re continuing this approach with the Wii U Zelda game”.
The source also stated that the team working on the new Zelda game is the biggest team to ever work on a game at Nintendo EAD 3. “They got hundreds of people working on the new Wii U Zelda game”. The game development is being led by Eiji Ainuma. His team has been working together since 2010, so they must work together very well.
“It’s a 4-year development cycle with a new console, new technology, new engine etc. It’ll end up being the most expensive game they’ve made to date. It’s a huge investment for them [Nintendo] in money and manpower, this is Rockstar/GTA territory”.
Apparently, the nameless game was scheduled to launch in 2013, but due to the size of the project they soon found the goal to be unrealistic. The source has stated that, “about the same amount of dungeons as previous Zelda games, but these will be vastly bigger in scope and will be totally different from each other. Some dungeons are so big they’re broken up in 3 parts and will literally take hours to complete”. It has also been said that there will be mini games and side quests. The music is said to be brand new and will include hours of music. Unfortunately, the source could not comment on the story line, “I really can’t comment on that [the story] because I have no idea what it is. I dunno where it’s set in the Zelda timeline. I’ve seen a grown up Link who looks like a much higher detailed Link from Skyward Sword. I haven’t see any cut scenes or boss fights either at this point. I’m not sure they’ve made any of that yet”.
“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. You use the gamepad to navigate, avoid traps, follow clues etc. It’s dark, lush, with a ton of trees, foliage, some which you have to cut your way through. Its scope and details are unlike anything you’ve seen in a Zelda game”, if this rumor is true, the new Zelda game is sure to blow our minds!
Another leak by the source states that there will not be a multiplayer/online aspect of the game, “Online multiplayer was never on the drawing board, they’re sticking with the tried and tested Zelda formula. It’ll have some online features like Miiverse and some sort of system where players can leave hints and help each other in the dungeons. That’s about it”. I think I am okay with that, an online aspect does not work with every game, and I think Zelda is one that would not benefit from a vast online portion.
It also appears that teh game is being developed around the controller’s abilities, “everything in the game is built around the controller and its unique abilities. Every single feature in the controller is used to its full potential. Some of this stuff is still in early stages of development, but they’ve already implemented enough to show just what’s possible with the new controller. They showed some of this stuff to key third party devs behind closed doors last year to get them to realize the possibilities of the new tech.”
Obviously, any Zelda fan would be excited for any new game. Although we cannot confirm the “leak” 100%, the source is said to be very credible. For now, we will write it off as just another rumor but when/if it is officially announce, I might just have to change my underwear. What are your thoughts on the “leak”?