In a recent interview with CVG (Computers and Video Games), the creator of Deus Ex and the upcoming Wii exclusive Epic Mickey revealed himself to be quite a Nintendo fanboy, specifically for the Zelda series.
Warren Spector insisted to them that he loves the Zelda (and Mario) franchises, and that it has been his dream to make a Nintendo game for a very long time now. He made sure to take time out of his busy schedule at GamesCom this past August in Germany to play the Skyward Sword demo. And he loved it, saying that it just really felt very “Zelda” to him and that the “gestural stuff” only enhanced the experience.
Hit the jump for what he had to say about if Zelda were put in his hands!
When asked by CGV about his Skyward Sword experience Warren Spector had this to say:
“The thing I love about it is that it feels just like Zelda. The gestural stuff adds to the experience in a small and significant way, but never gets in the way.”
CVG followed that up by asking what Mr. Spector would do if Ninendo asked him to head a Zelda game, he answered:
Wow! Well, they probably wouldn’t, let’s start with that! But every game I’ve done I see it very much as a progression on a specific path. Every game I’ve made, I’ve tried to find a different way or a better way for players to power their own experiences. I want players telling their story, not listening to mine.
He went on to explain the changes he’d make to the green-clad hero:
I would have to find some way to allow Link to be Link and have his personality but also allow the player to express himself, and if I couldn’t do that then I couldn’t do the project. We’d be sitting here talking about the ways in which choice and consequence play out within a Zelda game and how play style matters in a Zelda game.
And actually, as I’m sitting here talking about it I’m starting to get some ideas about how to do it, but we should probably talk about Mickey!
From this, it looks like Mr. Spector wouldn’t be too afraid to make severe changes yet would remain mindful of the truly iconic aspects of a Legend of Zelda game.
What do you think? Should Nintendo hand the reigns over to Mr. Spector at some point? Or to the likes of Ron Pardo (Warcraft) or Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy) or David Jaffe (God of War)?
Let us know who you think the keys should be handed to (or if they should never leave Miyamoto/Aonuma’s hands) in the comments below.