In a Nintendo Direct in January 2013, Nintendo Producer Eiji Aonuma hinted that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U could involve multiplayer of some sort. In an interview with Game Informer – mainly about the upcoming Hyrule Warriors – Aonuma has teased that this may still be on the cards:
Game Informer: In a previous Nintendo Direct presentation, you outlined a few pillars of the Zelda series you wanted to rethink. One was taking dungeons out of order, which saw fruition in Link Between Worlds, and the other pillar you mentioned wanting to rethink was playing Zelda by yourself. Is Hyrule Warriors a step in that direction? Are we going to have to multiplayer in the next Zelda?
Eiji Aonuma: The two-player functionality of Hyrule Warriors is actually something that has traditionally been done in the Dynasty Warriors series, but they’ve changed because of the hardware and the second screen on your GamePad. Instead of having a splitscreen on the television, you have one-player playing on the television and one on the GamePad. When I was talking back about making Zelda more than just a single-player experience? That’s something you will see in the future, maybe next year.
Multiplayer in an open world Zelda game is an exciting prospect if done right, and with speculation on different playable characters, who knows what Aonuma is keeping secret!
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