Beating Ganondorf has traditionally been the job for just one hero. It wasn’t until Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures came along that Link teamed up with other Links to save the day. Since then, there have been minor attempts to get players together in the same Zelda game, including Wind Waker‘s Tingle Tuner gameplay, and a multiplayer battle mode in Phantom Hourglass. Now, fans of these experiences can rejoice, as series producer Eiji Aonuma says more multiplayer is to come.
Game Informer recently asked Aonuma if the multiplayer capabilities in the upcoming Wii U game Hyrule Warriors was part of the producer’s plan to branch away from the traditional Zelda formula, reminding him that he previously made comments about wanting to rethink having to play Zelda games alone. Aonuma agreed, and even had this to say about it: “When I was talking back about making Zelda more than just a single-player experience? That’s something you will see in the future, maybe next year.”
“That’s something you will see in the future, maybe next year.”
Next year marks the planned release of the next installment in The Legend of Zelda series — an open-world adventure for Wii U. Aonuma seems to be confirming that the game will likely feature multiplayer in some fashion, but what that will be remains to be seen. Will the game be designed from the ground up for more than one player, like Four Swords was, or will it be completely optional, perhaps dedicated to a separate game mode? What kind of multiplayer do you want to see in the next Zelda game?