In news that doesn’t rhyme with Kony FlayStation Moar, Nintendo also had some news to share on the weekend. News regarding their upcoming open-world entry in the next chapter of The Legend Of Zelda franchise. News that revealed actual gameplay of the untitled Zelda game. News that had none other than lead producer Eiji Aonuma and creator Shigeru Miyamoto playing through the game in real time. I may be crying right now.
If you can’t see the video above, here are the highlights. The Zelda game will feature a zoomable world map on the Wii U gamepad, with the action being on your flat-screen TV that you just bought with your 13th cheque. But here’s the thing. This new world is absolutely massive, with Miyamoto wondering if the game was going to make a 2015 release. Aonuma said it would, so I cried some more joy-tears.
Link will be able to glide in the game using a sail cloth, much like he did with a magical leaf in the Wind Waker and the glider parachute in Skyward Sword. Link can also set waypoints, go into a first-person mode and highlight areas of interest while scoping out the environment.
Link’s horse Epona will also feature some smart saddling AI, allowing players to gallop around the world and automatically avoid trees. This will allow players to focus on combat, firing arrows and swinging their sword, jumping off of Epona and doing some slow-motion attacks.
But beyond that, the game looks simply gorgeous on a huge scale. I have a Wii U, and between first-party releases, it gathers a ton of dust. But I’m damned happy to have that little black brickeru when games like this are showcased.
Last Updated: December 8, 2014