E3 2014: New Open-World The Legend of Zelda Coming in 2015

Nintendo shows off the latest Zelda game with a stunning but brief gameplay trailer.

Nintendo has shown off a brief glimpse of the new Zelda title currently in development for the Wii U. No, not Hyrule Warriors. The final title was not given, either: right now it's just The Legend of Zelda.

Zelda mastermind Eiji Aonuma unveiled a brief look at the stunning new game at Nintendo's Digital Event at E3 2014. Explaining the thinking behind the title, Aonuma explained that this latest Zelda game would be an open-world Zelda. Link was shown atop Epona, with Aonuma saying that you could gallop over to the mountains in the distance if you so desired.

The beautiful footage opened with a wide vista of Hyrule, with grass blowing in the wind and an overall slightly cartoony look--think Skyward Sword with a dash of Wind Waker, rather than Twilight Princess. Link was then chased around the environment by a powerful monster. There was not a green tunic in sight, but there was a little look at Link's new bow and arrow.

The next Legend of Zelda will be released in 2015.

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nami_the_mage
nami_the_mage

I don't know if anybody else caught this, but I've yet to see anybody make reference to it. It appeared that there was a figure dressed in a green tunic in the background to the right by the trees with the two white goats during the gameplay trailer. Look by Aunoma's shoulder. And as soon as the monster started attacking, the figure appeared to have raised a shield defensively and started to back away. Watch it again and check it out. Who or what was it?

rarson
rarson

Looks great. Maybe not as good as the CD-i Zelda game. :P

Supabul
Supabul

Nintendo listened and we got Twilight Princess Ugh that game had the worst art style the franchise ever had, Nintendo will never listen again and that's why we have this beautiful looking Zelda game

elaisse2
elaisse2

Christ people does every game have to look like COD or Skyrim?

3G-ENIE
3G-ENIE

This new link looks better.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

While I think the game looks amazing... I am also disappointed Nintendo once again just teased us with a gritty and gorgeous tech demo.

Bensonator
Bensonator

The freeze frame shot on the above video just makes it look like Wind Waker and too much like a cartoon. There is some amazing concept art from different artists all over the world depicting the Zelda universe - I just wish Nintendo would grow up a little & the new game was somewhere between this & The Witcher 3

Slagar
Slagar

The graphics look really nice IMO. I wasn't a fan of WW - despite being a good game, I'm more fond of the more serious tone of OoT for example. This looks like a pretty nice balance though, if they're not going to go with a more realistic style this time round (possibly tech reasons involved etc).

AK1015
AK1015

Isn't Zelda already open-world? Or do they mean free roam like Skyrim or Red Dead Redemption?

lorider25
lorider25

Looks like we won't see the next spurt in Wii-U sales until 2015

bluepuppy82
bluepuppy82

So much for that realistic Link demo they showed off a couple of years back during the demo of the Wii U's graphical capabilities....

virtualskill
virtualskill

Wow and to think people already confused Link for Zelda BEFORE this new game...

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

I can understand people's frustration with this "cel-shaded" look. Granted it's probably a design choice, much like Windwaker. But the way I see it, if Monolith Soft can make a beautiful 3D open world for Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U, what's Nintendo's excuse not to, other than design choice? I'd love to see a more realistic looking open world Zelda. 

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Why are people so desperate for a "realistic Zelda". I got over that as soon as I played the Wind Waker. The art style looks great.



Fartman7998
Fartman7998

Hmmm....I was excited, up until just now when they're revealing the art style.  I was hoping/wishing for a more realistic looking Zelda title.  Not that Wind Waker wasn't an incredible game, because it was, but what with the increased power of the Wii U, well, I thought that maybe they'd serious it up a bit and up the stakes.


Oh well, still looking forward to it.  

dussan2
dussan2

Why does this remind me of the E3 2000 demo, and then the bait and switch they pulled with Windwaker.  LOL.  

YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

Guarantee game won't be released until December 2015... so basically 2016.  Have fun waiting!

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Guys, I just thought of something.

Look at Link's clothes. Remember Toon Link from Windwaker, when he's in his pajamas? Now, this might be a little far-fetched, but... what if this is a grown-up version of Toon Link? Maybe this game is a sort of "sequel" to Windwaker, but set on land instead of on sea? I mean, look at him... I can totally picture this Link as an adult version of Toon Link, just with a different art style. Makes it even cooler for some reason.

masafr
masafr

Thank you Nintendo. For this epics

beuneus12
beuneus12

i hate cartoon links, think the more realistic ones from OCT/ twilight is so much better

Link592
Link592

He reminds me of Jak from Jak and Daxter...

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Still hoping for a squeal to Wind Waker. The best looking Zelda of all time! The animation in Wind Waker is breath-taking.

Disciple_Gamer
Disciple_Gamer

Is it too much to ask for a semi realistic looking Zelda game.  Just not a fan of the Cel shading Zelda.  Give me Spaceworld Zelda.

caanash
caanash

@Supabul Twilight Princess' art style was MY favorite from the franchise. It's definitely not the worst.

DanZillaUK
DanZillaUK

@elaisse2 The majority would say yes. But feck those people, this game could be magical and even has me considering buying a Nintendo product for the first time since the N64.

nami_the_mage
nami_the_mage

@freedomzealot Aunoma made reference to the past open worlds to being closed off sections with defined entrances and exits that were put together rather than one cohesive landscape that transitioned into each other, naturally. I like this new open world concept rather than the past sections: ice world, lava world, water world, etc. ...

nami_the_mage
nami_the_mage

@lorider25 Smash Brothers will definitely boost sales for Nintendo. Set for Oct./ Holiday 2014.

darwin356
darwin356

@lorider25 Bayonetta 2 and "SSBU if it releases this year" will, not sure about Hyrule Warriors, Sonic Boom and Captain Toad though.

Mraou
Mraou

@bluepuppy82 This looks aesthetically very beautiful and allows them to do bigger draw distances, and still showcases the graphical capabilities of the Wii U.

Slagar
Slagar

@chev93489 Voice acting ruins the immersion in 98% of cases. To give Link a voice would end the use of the player's imagination and kill the fantasy they're trying to create. We're not watching a movie, we're immersing ourselves in a fantasy universe - in terms of experience, it's better if you point the user in a direction, and let the mind do the talking.

179107199999
179107199999

@chev93489 it didn't hurt anything then so why change it now? It doesn't need it. Besides some of the Zelda games did have voice acting. The people talked in a made up language.That's good enough and when Link gets hurt or does something epic like his spinning attack. Wait a minute....The games do have voice acting! since 1998 I believe!

The_Deepblue
The_Deepblue

@Fartman7998 I personally was astonished at the excellent detail--best looking game of E3 for me, graphics and otherwise. This game is "jaw-droppingly" beautiful. Just based on what Anouma said on the scope of the game, I think that Nintendo is not just upping the stakes, but transforming the franchise for the better. They just have to execute and deliver, and I have no reason to doubt that they will.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@dussan2 You know how you just called it a demo? That's because it was a tech demo. They never said the game was going to look like that: it was just an example of what the hardware could do. Unlike this, which they said is actually what the game is going to look like.


And that was at Spaceworld, not E3.

nami_the_mage
nami_the_mage

@Tiwill44 His clothes more closely resembles the style from the residents of Skyloft. And it would make sense considering how Skyward Sword ended.

3G-ENIE
3G-ENIE

But Toon Link and any other Link are Left handed. This guy is right handed.

179107199999
179107199999

@beuneus12 How about this. A good looking game is a good looking game no matter the graphic design.Also how well it plays too. I fail to see how certain people can't accept the beauty of that game in its current state.The worst looking Zelda was on CD-I. 

snxx
snxx

@beuneus12 Good to know. Myself, I love cartoon links and believe WindWaker to be the best looking Zelda ever.

lostn
lostn

@Redsyrup There've been two sequels to WW. They were on DS.

lostn
lostn

@Disciple_Gamer TP is the closest they have come to it. The only thing making it not realistic is the size of Link's eyes.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

@Slagar @chev93489  The pseudo language in Skyward Sword was so poorly done it ruined my immersion.   A paragraph of text and the character bumbles out what sounds like two words.