The next addition in the Legend of Zelda series will launch in 2014 on the Wii U according to a source close to Nintendo website Wii U Daily.
Wii U Daily states that the Zelda information comes from the same source that accurately predicted the Wii U achievements and the Nintendo social network, Miiverse.
The source told the site that Nintendo is sticking with the colour art style last seen in Skyward Sword, "Nintendo is sticking to the core values of Zelda, while trying to appeal to a wide range of gamers, casual and hardcore. They feel they've found the sweet spot with Skyward Sword, and they're continuing this approach with the Wii U Zelda game."
"They're using a new, state of the art engine that's being built from ground up in parallel with the game. It's got the most advanced visual features Nintendo has ever made, and includes a lot of third party tech like Havok for physics and rendering middleware from Umbra."
He goes on to add that the E3 2011 tech demo - pictured above - has nothing to do with the new adventure game: "The Wii U Zelda stuff you saw at E3 2011 was just a tech demo, nothing else. I've seen none of that in the real game. The tech demo was even made by an entirely different team with an older engine."
It seems Nintendo are taking the whole project very seriously with more investment that ever before: "They got hundreds of people working on the new Wii U Zelda game. It's a 4-year development cycle with a new console, new technology, new engine etc. It'll end up being the most expensive game they've made to date. It's a huge investment for them in money and manpower, this is Rockstar/GTA territory."
An initial release date of 2013 was targeted but the sheer size of the development project pushed the game back to 2014 apparently. "They targeted a 2013 release, but quickly abandoned that goal. This is the biggest project they've ever done, no way is it gonna be ready for Q3 2013. At least from where I see it".
It also seems that Zelda on the Wii U will have about the same amount of dungeons as previous Zelda games with a new next generation twist "but these will be vastly bigger in scope and will be totally different from each other. Some dungeons are so big they're broken up in 3 parts and will literally take hours to complete."
"The first test dungeon they made was a giant forest running on early and buggy Wii U hardware, the dungeon was bigger than the Hyrule field in Ocarina, and the whole thing is one dungeon. You use the gamepad to navigate, avoid traps, follow clues etc. It's dark, lush, with a ton of trees, foliage, some which you have to cut your way through. Its scope and details are unlike anything you've seen in a Zelda game"
On the topic of Multiplayer, the source stated that there would not be any online multiplayer but the game wouldn't launch sans online features. "Online multiplayer was never on the drawing board, they're sticking with the tried and tested Zelda formula. It'll have some online features like Miiverse and some sort of system where players can leave hints and help each other in the dungeons."
The new WiiU Gamepad will play a massive role in the new game it seems: "everything in the game is built around the controller and its unique abilities. Every single feature in the controller is used to its full potential. Some of this stuff is still in early stages of development, but they've already implemented enough to show just what's possible with the new controller. They showed some of this stuff to key third party devs behind closed doors last year to get them to realize the possibilities of the new tech."
Apparently it has some incredible gameplay features but it's not clear why the source didn't state anything about them. "It'll have some revolutionizing gameplay. It has stuff that would never be possible on any other console, and it's not just one cool feature, it's one cool feature after another. Each dungeon will offer a different gameplay experience with the tablet controller. It'll be the most innovative game ever, they got stuff that will be copied by others for years."
Are you excited for the Wii U and seeing what Zelda could be like on Nintendo's new home console?