In an interview with The LA Times, Zelda director Eiji Aonuma discussed his thoughts and feelings on developing the upcoming Zelda titles. Most interestingly, he admitted that he is growing “tired” of the traditional formula in Zelda games. He hopes to address this by making some changes, while at the same time “staying true” to the main elements of the series. Read on to see his words.
“It’s not that anyone is telling me we have to change the formula. I want to change it. I’m kind of getting tired of it. If I’m getting tired of it, then I’m sure other people are getting tired of it. There is an essential ‘Zelda’ I feel we need to stay true to. We are still testing things, exploring our options. We haven’t landed anywhere at this point. We’re still seeing what we can do.
What I want to do, not specifically with Link but with the ‘Zelda’ franchise, I’m always striving to make something no one else can, something that is so distinctly ‘Zelda’ that it can only be done in a ‘Zelda’ game. There are times when I hit walls and I can’t come up with new ideas and I think maybe I should just give up and quit, but eventually a new idea comes along and I’m proud of myself. It breeds new life into the creative process.
I go through these phases, over and over again. I hope those high points keep on coming.”
Don’t we all! It will be exciting to see the new elements introduced in the Wii U title, considering Aonuma’s determination and passion to evolve the series.