Any new information we can get our hands on regarding the upcoming Zelda title — which will be exclusively for the Wii U — is worth examining. In a recent interview with iJustine, Shigeru Miyamoto answered a couple of questions about the highly anticipated title.
When asked about the size of the world within Zelda U, Miyamoto stated, “We first started by saying well, let’s see what we can do if we take an entire world the size of the world from Twilight Princess and just try to make that as one area on the game.” If the game holds true to his words, it has the potential to be monstrous.
When playing fantasy games such as Zelda, many players have desired for the ability to roam freely across the landscape and explore — The Legend of Zelda series is founded on that desire for exploration. With a world this large, it opens up many possibilities to do just that. However, a larger world doesn’t necessarily mean it is an interesting one to journey through. Justine then asked, “Do you see that as a game where people will go to complete a certain mission and they end up doing 50 things along the way?”
“Yeah, there may even be times where you forget what your goal is, because you are doing other things on the side. There may be times where you go into one big long dungeon, or there may be times where you’re headed to a dungeon and you’re doing other things along the side,” Miyamoto responded. This is reassuring news, since it offers not only a large world, but things to do in the world.
Miyamoto then mentioned that they are designing Zelda U to be played in short periods of time, molding it around busy lifestyles and schedules. “What we’re trying to do is design it in a way that you don’t necessarily have to sit down and play it for a super long time, but more matched to today’s lifestyle.”
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U has been confirmed to release sometime next year. Until then, you can either watch the full iJustine video interview below or watch the gameplay reveal from The Game Awards — as if you haven’t watched it about 100 times already!