The upcoming The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U was originally slated for a release in 2015, but it seems that the 2015 date is no longer possible and chances are we will be seeing it in 2016. The worlds in which Zelda games are set in are usually very beautiful and interesting, but for the most part they are closed meaning that exploration is a bit limited.
However with the upcoming Wii U title, things are expected to be different. In fact in an interview with IGN, Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that he would be putting a twist on the open world concept for the game. According to Aonuma, “Unfortunately, I can’t go into details but I’m hoping to put a surprise, or kind of a twist, on my view of an open world game. I hope that you’ll look forward to it.”
This was in response to fans who may have enjoyed Skyward Sword, but at the same time felt that it would have been better if it had been a bigger and open world. “We actually had some feedback from Skyward Sword, where people were saying, ‘This is not exactly the Zelda game I was looking for, I was looking for a bigger open world.'”
The open world concept for video games are starting to become more popular. We have seen success with titles such as Watch Dogs and Grand Theft Auto V. It is unclear what kind “twist” Aonuma has planned for The Legend of Zelda, but safe to say that many are no doubt interested and looking forward to it.