The countdown for the 25 most anticipated games at E3 2016 continues…
Brace yourselves: E3 2016 is nearly upon us! From June 12-16, the entire gaming industry will converge on Los Angeles to showcase the biggest games that we’ll be playing this year and beyond. We’ve been updating our Games of E3 List whenever news drops, but now we’re going to go even deeper. Every day leading up to the show, we’re going to be highlight one of the biggest games that we hope to see more of at E3. Up today: The Legend of Zelda!
The last time we saw the Legend of Zelda for Wii U, Nintendo used five seconds of it in a YouTube ad (published in January) to remind potential Twilight Princess HD owers that “the Wolf Link amiibo will function with the new Legend of Zelda game on Wii U.” We’ve seen nothing new since. However, Nintendo delayed the next Legend of Zelda until 2017. It will release on Wii U and Nintendo’s next gaming platform, codename NX.
I’m most excited to see what Nintendo has done to Zelda’s world, especially after reading some of the cryptic comments series producer Eiji Aonuma has made in the past year. Speaking to Famitsu in March, he defined the keywords driving development as “something new.” Aonuma admitted Zelda: Ocarina of Time, one of the most revered entries in the series, was the basis for each sequel and that it’s time for a change. He also teased IGN last October, by saying he was “hoping to put a surprise, or kind of a twist” on his view of an open world game.
I’m ready to hear more about Aonuma’s vision for Hyrule and see how its quest structure compares to the Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 — the biggest adventure genre games of last year. The Legend of Zelda hasn’t embraced an open world structure since the original released on the Famicom in 1986. But what happens when Nintendo takes off the training wheels and sets you loose? Can the next Zelda subvert decades of expectations? In 2013, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds experimented with a more open format on a smaller scale, and it delivered a refreshing experience that broke away from traditional conventions. I hope to see the next game take these ideas further and deliver something truly new and exciting for fans and newcomers alike.
10/10. Nintendo has confirmed that the next Legend of Zelda will be the only playable game at its E3 2016 booth. While that news is slightly disappointing, mere seconds of footage from the next Zelda dropped plenty of jaws here at IGN. We counting the days until we can get our hands on Nintendo’s highly-anticipated demos at the show.