Zelda series producer: I want to “make it my own”

Monday, 5 December 2011 03:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Eiji Aonuma, the series producer on The Legend of Zelda, isn’t afraid to usurp creator Shigeru Miyamoto now that the franchise is in his hands.

“I started working on the series not at the beginning but part-way through its history. I think because of that, early on I was more looking objectively at the series and how we could change small, individual elements within it, rather than looking at how the series should evolve,” Aonuma told GameInformer.

“As time has passed – particularly in the last few years – I’ve started to think a lot more about how I can take the series and really make it my own Zelda and evolve it further. As Mr. Miyamoto has allowed me to take the reins on the Zelda series, ultimately that’s what I need to do.

“Perhaps some people will think it’s a little bit late for me to start thinking about that, but as time goes by, that’s becoming more of a theme in how I’m approaching the series.”

Aonuma has even entertained the thought of bringing in full voice acting to the games, despite Link’s traditional silence, on the back of the success of Skyward Sword’s orchestrated music, a series first.

“We’re continually looking at ways that we can evolve the series. We’re not confident that we can find the right balance with full voice, so we’ll see,” he said.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is out now, exclusively for Wii.

Thanks, GoNintendo.

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