Nintendo announced via Youtube that they are no longer aiming for a end of 2015 release for ‘Legend of Zelda,’ and on Twitter they further stated that they have decided to not show any progress of the game at this year’s E3.
Originally announced with an end of 2015 release date, Eiji Aonuma, the producer of ‘Legend of Zelda,’ explained that this delay comes not from any problems with the game’s development but instead from its success.
In December, Aonuma and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto showed off some of the games new features and confirmed its 2015 release, and then later announced that the new open world ‘Legend of Zelda’ will be as large as the Wii U can handle. But as “the team has experienced first-hand the freedom of exploration that hasn’t existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game,” Aonuma explained.
“As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, and it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds my own expectations,” Aonuma continued. “As I have watched our development progress, I have come to think that rather than work with meeting a specific schedule as our main objective, and releasing a game that reflects only what we can create within that scheduled time, I feel strongly that our focus should be to bring all these ideas to life in a way that will make Zelda on Wii U the best game it can possibly be.”
While its disappointing that we won’t be getting the new ‘Zelda’ within the year, Aonuma assured fans that their “priority is to make it the ultimate and most complete Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make a Zelda on Wii U that will reward you for your patience, so thank you for your continued support.”
Unfortunately we won’t be able to see what any of these new developments are any time soon with the team skipping E3; Aonuma explained that instead using the time they would be spending creating something to show off at the conference, they will “focus on developing the game” itself.
Still, Nintendo has much in store for its future, with a new ‘Star Fox’ still set to release this year alongside the company’s plans to expand into the mobile market and start development on a new platform currently codenamed ‘NX’. Until then, we’ll just have to hope that the new ‘Legend of Zelda’ is worth the added wait.