Aonuma says next Zelda game will break conventions.
by Svend Joscelyne
A remake of Wind Waker is all very well and good, but what else did Nintendo have to say about The Legend of Zelda series? Well, as it happens, series leader Eiji Aomuna did talk about the next Wii U Zelda game - noting that Nintendo is "rethinking the series' conventions".
Aonuma did not show any footage of the upcoming title - we reckon the company will hold that off for E3 - but he explained some of the themes that were driving the game's development process. A linear story structure, the single-player experience... no hallmark of the series is sacred for reinvention, it seems.
"Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda," Aonuma said. "I'm referring to things like the expectation that the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order, or that you're supposed to play by yourself. The things that we've come to take for granted recently.
"We want to set aside these 'conventions', get back to basics and create a newborn Zelda game so that the players today can best enjoy the real essence of the franchise.
"We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword but we weren't able to put effort into changing the linear-path structure of the game. I hope to be able to talk to you in more detail about how it will change after I see it come together a bit more."
Sounds like Zelda could go open-world, with some kind of social networking (or multiplayer) elements in the mix. What do you think? Is Zelda due a reboot? Let us know in the comments box below.