After the long-awaited unveiling of The Legend Of Zelda Wii U at E3 2014, many fans were left excited at the directions the new entry in the series would go in. One of those directions? The ability to play in an open world. Open world gameplay in Zelda has been hinted at and talked about heavily among fans and rumor mills over the past year, and is something many fans were looking forward to. However, Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto says Zelda Wii U is not exactly what he would describe as an open world game.
During a Q&A between Nintendo and their investors at Nintendo’s Annual Shareholders meeting, Miyamoto spoke on the games structure, saying “I prefer not to use the generally used term “open world” when developing software, but we used this term [at E3 2014] in order to make it easier for consumers to understand. This term means that there is a large world in which players can do numerous things daily.”
So the latest Zelda doesn’t look like it’s going to be as open world as we all thought. While Miyamoto doesn’t go into detail about what these things you can do in this large world are, he does shed a bit of light on how a player might progress through the dungeon aspect of the game, without being confined to a specific order.
“In the traditional The Legend Of Zelda series, the player would play one dungeon at a time. For example, if there are eight dungeons, at the fourth dungeon, some players may think, “I’m already halfway through the game,” while other players may think “I still have half of the game to play.” We are trying to gradually breaking down such mechanism and develop a game style in which you can enjoy The Legend Of Zelda freely in a vast world, whenever you find the time to do so.” Miyamoto said.
So there you have it. The game isn’t “traditionally” open world, but on the good side of things, it does look like it is going to give us some semblance of freedom. No official title or release date has been announced, but until then, we’ll keep you posted on all the latest details of The Legend Of Zelda Wii U.