In January of 2013, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma announced that his team is hard at work on the next Zelda game for Wii U. It’s been some time since then, but Nintendo has finally shown off the first footage from the game, and also given new details on what players can expect when they play it.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U – seemingly a tentative title – continues the idea of nonlinearity that was seen in last year’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3DS. While A Link Between Worlds largely let players choose what order they completed dungeons, Zelda U is taking it a step further by taking a page from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim‘s book; any place you see on the world map can actually be reached, so long as you’re willing to travel there. In terms of visuals, the game seemingly is similar in a way to Skyward Sword in how it mixes realistic proportions with artistic flair, though the colors are more reminiscent of The Wind Waker HD.
Nintendo promises that the latest Zelda game will be out sometime in 2015, exclusively for Wii U.