We last reported on The Legend of Zelda Wii U in October, when series producer Eiji Aonuma had hinted that they were continuing to work toward a “kind of a twist” on his own view of an open world game.
Now, Japan’s Weekly Famitsu has shared an interview with Aonuma, in which his comments seemingly indicate that the Wii U exclusive’s development is nearing completion.
“Busy,” Aonuma replied, asked as to how everything was going. “When we did Skyward Sword for the Wii, at the end stages of development, I was in charge of the characters’ dialogue and the in-game text. And, now as well, it’s like it was then. I had to work on text today, too [laughs].
“But, the game has really taken shape, and things have gotten easier. That means things are progressing well.”
He went on to suggest that the key phrase that has driven Link’s latest adventure was “something new,” remarking that it was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that provided the last dramatic shift for the series when the young hero adventured in 3D for the first time.
But touching on what has happened since, Aonuma added: “I think the base of our secret sauce has always been Ocarina of Time. But this time, the change in flavor will be like going from Japanese food to Western style food. Perhaps, players will be surprised.”
Nintendo has been remarkably tight-lipped about The Legend of Zelda Wii U, which still remains untitled and was last meaningfully shown at The Game Awards 2014. That has led some to believe that it will see release on Wii U and their new dedicated game platform, Nintendo NX.
“Please look forward to it, because I think we’ll be able to make ‘something new’ like Ocarina of Time was,” he closed.