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Legend of Zelda for Wii U Arriving in 2014 – Four Years of Production is on ‘Rockstar / GTA’ Level

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So Nintendo has revealed its big line-up of Wii U starting titles with popular names and franchises such as Super Mario Bros. and Batman available for the console from day one. But one of the biggest was noticeably absent. Where was Link and the 25 year old veteran series The Legend of Zelda?

A brand new Zelda game was teased for the first time in demo footage back at the 2011 E3 Expo where the Wii U also made its debut showing. The game looked a lot like N64 classic (and 3DS reboot) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time but graphically improved from anything seen on the original Wii console, boasting much greater realism and visual depth than preceeding entries in the series. Allegations emerged that the demo video shown at the Los Angeles event was in fact powered by a superior console engine and the visuals were misrepresentative of the finished game. This never swayed the desire of true Zelda fans who have eagerly been awaiting news of the games release ever since.

Nintendo info source WiiUDaily has now reported some enlightening news regarding the currently untitled in-production Zelda title claiming that an insider has revealed to them that the new game will arrive in 2014 and has been in the works since 2010 with the biggest team ever behind a Legend of Zelda game developing it. A quote from the source explains why the delay: “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.”

Quite a claim there but goes some way to explaining why the game isn’t included in the starting selection to be launched with the Wii U console on November 18th. Other details of the article suggest that the game will be presented in three sections taking ‘hours to complete’ and despite no online multiplayer game which was rumoured that game should include some kind of trail leaving feature to allow gamers to drop hints and puzzle solving clues to others to follow. The new Legend of Zelda title will resemble the previous Wii title Skyward Sword but will of course be delivered with the full HD benefits of the Wii U.

There’s no fixed release date yet, but at least we might have some clues of our own and a definite indication that Link, Princess Zelda and most probably the infamous villain Ganon will be along.. somewhen!

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Info Source: Wii U Daily
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