I’ve been pretty excited to see what’s in store for the next entry in the Zelda series. From the little amount of in-game footage we’ve seen, however, it looks like it needs some work to meet the polish fans expect. With that in mind, the originally announced 2015 release looks like it’s no longer likely.
In a brief video posted on Nintendo of Europe’s YouTube channel, Zelda Wii U producer Eiji Aonuma gave an update on the game’s development. In summary, Aonuma explains how he and his development team have taken note of new design opportunities that Zelda Wii U’s structure will allow.
Therefore, they desire to no longer target a 2015 release, and instead will focus on developing the best possible Zelda game without that time constraint. Nintendo’s Twitter also stated that the game won’t be making an appearance at E3 in order to focus on development.
It’s always a bummer to see a game you’re looking forward to get delayed, but that doesn’t really hurt so bad anymore. With the track record the industry has had recent with its “release now, patch later” attitude, it’s nice to see developers wanting to take the time to make sure that the consumer will enjoy their product on Day One. We’ve still got some big releases for the Wii U this year like Splatoon and Xenoblade Chronicles X, so my Wii U won’t be sitting and collecting dust just yet.