There has been a great deal of talk and speculation about the landscape featured in the E3 demo of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Many people were surprised to see such large mushrooms in Hyrule (which is interesting as the demo seemed to take place in Skyloft, not Hyrule). Many people expressed confusion at seeing doors in the side of hills rather than buildings, and so on.
However, many of us have taken for granted the fact that this is an actual dungeon or playable area in Skyward Sword. Not so, says IGN. In their most recent podcast they claim the E3 demo was E3-exclusive and will not appear in the Zelda title.
More after the jump.
One of the IGN podcast presenters had this to say: “What we played at E3 is not going to be in the game; they just like created a sandbox for us to test out a boss battle and certain exploration.” He followed this up with: “All we saw was a sandbox of concepts.”
Keep in mind that he did not qualify this with any sort of Nintendo source; he did not say that he got this info from Aonuma or Miyamoto. He may very well have, but he did not say so in the podcast. Also, he was the same individual who later in the podcast insisted that he was “absolutely convinced that the 3D portion of the 3DS was added at the last minute.” We know this to be entirely incorrect as Miyamoto himself said that the 3D feature has been in development for a very, very long time. So I would take the sandbox-only claim with a grain of salt. We may end up seeing this very area within the game, modified to a degree or even exact.
We will just have to wait and see.
Have a listen to the rest of the podcast, available at IGN.