Zelda Universe rated for 'Online' platform - ESRB

[UPDATE] US' ratings body gives mysterious project an E-for-Everyone label and a "violence" descriptor; Nintendo mum.

Nintendo is already guaranteed to have a big presence at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, given that the publisher is expected to have on hand the Wii 2. However, Nintendo's new console may not be the only bit of news setting the industry atwitter, as it could use the event to debut an online installment in its Zelda franchise.

What is Zelda Universe?

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has posted an E-for-Everyone rating for a game titled "Zelda Universe." The game's only content descriptor is for "violence."

Mysteriously, Zelda Universe's platform is listed simply as "Online," with no mention made for any of Nintendo's currently available platforms. Of note, Nintendo's official website for the Legend of Zelda series is known as Zelda Universe. However, the ESRB does not have a history of rating non-interactive content on game-related websites.

Games built for Web browsers, such as Atari's Sorry! or EA's Dice City Roller, are the only other titles listed exclusively for the Online platform in the ESRB's database. However, the "Online" descriptor is often appended to games with an online component that arrive for consoles or the PC.

Nintendo had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on Zelda Universe, including whether the title is in development for the Wii 2, as of press time. With the publisher's Ocarina of Time update for the 3DS arriving last month, Nintendo's only announced new title in the franchise is Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii. According to Nintendo's game design chief Shigeru Miyamoto, Skyward Sword is in the final stages of completion.

[UPDATE] As it would turn out, the hysteria over Zelda Universe may be for naught. The ESRB's listing for Zelda Universe dates as far back as 2008, though Nintendo has yet to release a game under that title.

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Flint247
Flint247

I actually want to see another Zelda online game. (Phantom Hourglass was first, I think) This could be interesting.

the-real-dawn
the-real-dawn

if you follow his link to a conversation from 3 years ago on gamespot's own forum, the forum concludes that ESRB actually rated the game in 2001, just that nobody at gamespot found it until 7 years later, then evidently forgot they had found it and made a fuss again 3 years later. Zelda Universe used to be an interactive site, ten years ago, and I'm sure that's why the ESRB rated it, in the same way that it used to rate other interactive sites. come on, gamespot. seriously.

mellow09
mellow09

This just in, I don't do research before I post articles.

Aquasuron
Aquasuron

Sounds like some kind of a confusion to me. Four Swords becomes Four Million Swords? Anyway I'm sure the immense fan base of Zeruda no Densetsu made one or the other want a new experience of sharing the euphoria together. But I'm not quite sure how an online version of Hyrule (and the other worlds/cities attached to it) should work... without destroying the mystic feel of the series that is. Which Link shall it be? Shadow, toon, Fierce Deity, … Everything else than a version of link would make... let's see... about 5% of the whole bunch? Okay, we got other cool races and characters, I agree. But you get my point. But Nintendo once promised to take the Zelda experience to a new level by developing Skyward Sword. The teaser itself starts pretty mysteriously so that you might think that the timeline of the different stories may become relevant. If there's something to that fact, who knows which level this “Zelda Universe” will be pushed to in the near future?

Ryanmiller70
Ryanmiller70

Just don't make it a P2P game. I love Nintendo and the Zelda franchise, but I'm not about to pay a monthly fee to play a game.

pinicolaroxa
pinicolaroxa

"The game's only content descriptor is for violence" No naked zelda?

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Well that last little update stole all the thunder from the article.

mdchapel9
mdchapel9

Online MMO!? God no, Online coop is the way to go...

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

If its a social game I'm going to nerd rage so hard...

SloganYams
SloganYams

@DaneGamer I agree with everything you said. Pokemon games still, STILL sell tens of millions of copies (only Mario can argue to be doing that longer), a Pokemon MMO would be mind-blowing.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@everyone A pokemon mmo?! I feel stupid because I never thought of that before. It is certainly an idea with vast potential!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'll make an informed comment once i know for sure what it is, but if it truly is an online link game (i dont call them zelda games since you dont see her for 90% of the game, they should call them the legend of link, but hey thats just me). Where was i? Oh yes, if it truly is an online link game then it is good to see that the series might start branching out a little in terms of development. I think we can all agree that not much progress has been made there since ocarina of time, and even that was just a move from 2d to 3d. The games are consistently good but they dont offer much in the way of surprises anymore.

Link3301
Link3301

Well whatever is, maybe we will see it at E3. Nintendo should look into making MMOs. Zelda and Pokemon would both make great MMOs.

SloganYams
SloganYams

If jablob22 really thinks FPSs are mature, he must either be 13 or a comedian.

CaptainVictory
CaptainVictory

@jablob22 Who say's just because you grow up you can't enjoy a game with a non-dark/violence theme? Graduate to FPSs? Are kidding? If anything the industry is too flooded with them and needs to branch out. Comments like that make me think you're not really a Zelda fan.

jablob22
jablob22

Over the years Zelda fans, like myself move away from "juvenile games" like Zelda (usually marketed towards younger kids) and graduate to MMOs and FPSs, etc. It would be a great marketing move to put this into an online platform where the sky is the limit. Nintendo needs to team up with some experience to do it right, but if they reach out to the right audience, this game would have endless potential. They will have to take the cartoon out of him and bring back a more human/"badass" Link.

Evenios
Evenios

Zelda Universe: Not just a writer's crazy wife's fantasy anymore.

Dekanis
Dekanis

The thing is... that in real insight... Zelda would actually be a very good MMO if done right... you have all the races which are linked to certain abilities and locations. You have Hyruleans, Shiekah, Zora, Gorons, Twili, Kokiri, Minish and Gerudo (possibly more?)... Nintendo did say something big was being planned for the 25th anniversary of Zelda... so you never know... but I'm still skeptical as to an MMO.

NightRain
NightRain

Probably not a Zelda MMO (and the idea of it sounds crazy) but i'm curious to find out what it's gonna be...

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

come on people, not everything needs an online function...

Brawler-Dude
Brawler-Dude

Well, really, it would be cool to see, and I think it has a possibility still with it, because you have to figure out a clever way of making the game online. But I would like to see what would come of this game. I will always love Zelda games.

brosim1104
brosim1104

!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rated e? hmm hope it goes out to be a 13+ and be an awesome game that will come out really soon!!

Gohansephiroth
Gohansephiroth

Kinda glad this turned out to be false, i know alot of people would want this but to be honest there are some places i dont want the zelda series to go and MMO would be at the top of that list.

jpm1276
jpm1276

I look forward to a Zelda game with the size and scope of Oblivion. I think that would be......I can't think of a word to describe how awesome that would be!!!

LinkRyan
LinkRyan

I'm so excited for E3! I've been marking my calender until the date where I watch it live on my computer. Oh and guys I really got a feeling that The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword is going to be on the Wii AND the Wii 2 (Nintendo Stream or whatever) because think about it, they have been delaying this game for a while now, and remember when Twilight princess came out? It came out on the GameCube and the brand new Wii back then. I'm probably wrong about all this, but keep it in the back of your mind because it's possible that this is correct.

vega13mv
vega13mv

i know enough not to get my hopes up until E3, which basically lets eveyone know what's coming up realtively soon

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

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widdowson91
widdowson91

@mushroommanic: The only way I can see a proper online Zeld agamework is if it was another Four Swords game, as the first two were really fun multiplayer games. But I really don't want to see an MMO.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I am a little sceptical over whether a Zelda MMO would work.

mushroommanic
mushroommanic

I don't get why people are getting so worked up about the prospect of this game being an MMO. Nintendo's yet let us down when it comes to the Zelda series (no, the CD-i games don't count), so as long as they're doing it, I have no worries. Do you really think Miyamoto would let this happen if he didn't think it could work?

unreal_master
unreal_master

Maybe it will be like Four Swords on a larger scale with Rpg elements like upgrading gear and leveling.

widdowson91
widdowson91

@Crash_WL: I read an article on GameSpot a few months back saying the next God Of War was going to have online features. Everyone on the comments was pissed off at it. I've heard nothing to say it won't have online features since. I like God of War and therefore don't want to see it have online at all. Also you used the 'fanboy' word for no reason, therefore that's why I called you imature because I said nothing that made me sound like a fanboy at all. People only use the word fanboy when they've got no other way of trying to prove a point to somebody.

0Lady0Recks0
0Lady0Recks0

@Crash_WL You certan made it sound that way you jumped down his throat. You do need to grow up a little he made a mistake and jumped down his throat.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

@widdowson91 Stray away from the topic even further... You falsely accused the next God of War of having online play and when I pointed out you're wrong, you thought that the best answer would be to call me a kid. It's not something I didn't like, it's something that was false. Cheers grown up.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

As far as I was aware, the ESRB doesn't rate online interactions...?

widdowson91
widdowson91

@Crash_WL: Where did you get that 'Nintendo/Zelda fanboy' from? What are you talking about. Somebody says something you don't like and they're a fanboy, is that it? How old are you kid? 10? You REALLY need to grow up.

King-gamer
King-gamer

As far back as 2008? Maybe they Duke Nukem Forever'd this game. j/k :P

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

@widdowson91 God of War developers, Santa Monica Studio, was seeking someone to design leaderboards. And now I'm asking you, Zelda/Nintendo fanboy, maybe it's for the Challenges? As far as this goes, I don't see how Zelda Universe would work... It'd better stay off the line.

widdowson91
widdowson91

Some games should never go online, and in my eyes The Legend of Zelda is one of them. Let other developers mess up franchises with online features (online in the new God of War - a joke), but don't ever let it happen to Zelda.

cds325
cds325

This is really interesting... Love to see what they could do with this

Majkic666
Majkic666

Zelda online??? so what are we going to be 1000s of Links running around? @leeko_link Pokemon Online is something they really should look into, since it would be epic

SloganYams
SloganYams

You see, this is why you at least get enough facts before making a news story out of it. But American video game journalists/websites always like to start hyperbole as soon as possible, going so far as trying to get us to believe Heavy Rain would be a good game.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

Hm, an online Zelda game. Interesting indeed.