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The Legend of Zelda going multiplayer “maybe next year”

Monday, 23rd June 2014 02:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has seemingly confirmed an upcoming release will feature multiplayer.

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The Legend of Zelda’s most recent product is the upcoming spin-off Hyrule Warriors, a Dynasty Warriors crossover allowing two players to go on adventures together. This has re-opened the quesiton of multiplayer in a core Zelda game. Speaking to GameInformer, Aonuma made a tantalising comment on this very subject:

“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,” he said.

We know that The Legend of Zelda Wii U is coming in 2015, so it’s easy to assume that Aonuma is hinting that the new game will feature multiplayer. Unfortunately, we can’t be sure – goodness knows if Nintendo has other Zelda experiences planned, with more dramatic departures from the series formula. After Hyrule Warriors, we believe anything.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if Link’s new, blue shirt look indicated there will be multiple versions of Link running around, as if the franchise’s multiple universes and timelines had collided? Including the mythical but heartbreakingly brilliant FemLink?

Thanks, Ausgamers.

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  1. The_Red

    This a potentially useful strategy for them to have Zelda featured in various non-Zelda games. I may not care about Hyrule Warriors (Looks like a costume DLC to me) but at least the fans of each franchise seem to be interested in it.

    #1 1 month ago
  2. RainzFTW

    If it’s an RPG MP, I’m sold.

    #2 1 month ago
  3. RainzFTW

    If it’s an RPG MP, I’m sold, if it’s on the PS4 though.

    #3 1 month ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    @The_Red yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a non-canonical release or spin off. But Aonuma’s pretty bold, we’ll see.

    #4 1 month ago
  5. Brenna Hillier

    @RainzFTW PS4 seems, uh, quite unlikely.

    #5 1 month ago
  6. The_Red

    @Brenna Hillier
    I really can’t imagine Nintendo going MP in a mainline Zelda, especially one that’s coming to Wii U. Then again, as you said Aonuma is rather bold and there is this whole controversy around the identity of shown character (Link? Not Link?).

    #6 1 month ago
  7. salarta

    FemLink is always interesting in every version I’ve seen.

    Anyway, I highly suspect that we’re going to end up with a Legend of Zelda game that provides additional play functionality, but not in the traditional sense of more than one Link. They’ve done that already, so there’s precedent, but Nintendo seems set on trying experimental ideas. Which can sometimes be a good thing, if it’s a genuine attempt to do something good, or bad, if it’s a sales gimmick. We’ve seen both out of Nintendo in the past.

    #7 1 month ago
  8. polygem

    nintendo still have a lot of chances to show the actual value of the wiiu. i can see the wiiu having quite a comeback in 2015 and 16. it wont outpace the competitors machines this gen but it really doesn´t have to. the nintendo releases on the wiiu have been all pretty great and overall, to me, having owned all last gen platforms and now gaming on wiiu, 3ds, pc and ps4, the wiiu feels very modern and well thought out.
    the lack of third party support and a weaker machine overall might have hurt the wiiu more than expected in it´s early days but that doesn´t mean that it can´t have a solid comeback in the next few years.
    nintendo have always planned things with more patience and more of a long term vision – at least that´s how i always thought about it.
    i worry a lot about stuff like the mercedes benz mario kart crap but that´s a different story. one that i will watch very closely. in regard of a zelda online experience, i think that they would handle it with a lot of care and would only do if it this will actually work and be fun….so having said that, yes, i would be very excited about a zelda mp feature and femlinks.

    #8 1 month ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    Well as long as its not your mate playing as Navi..

    #9 4 weeks ago
  10. salarta

    @OrbitMonkey The funny thing is, I can imagine Nintendo doing that. Let one player play as Link, the other can observe the area and possibly take care of some switches and the like.

    #10 4 weeks ago