The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is getting closer to release–there’s still not a trailer, but its first gameplay footage was shown during E3.
Lots of players were wondering whether the footage was in-game, and a producer has clarified that it was.
Eiji Aonuma told people via Miiverse: “Many people from the media kept asking me if the footage from the new Zelda game for Wii U is just a promotional movie, but that really is actual gameplay on Wii U. Also, I wasn’t kidding about how you will be able to reach the mountains that appear in the distance if you should choose to!”
Aonuma also recently told MMGN that Link is not a woman, and that his previous comments about the character’s identity should be taken as a joke.
“It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying ‘oh it’s a female character’ and it just kind of grew,” he said. “But my intent in saying that was humor.”
And he also told Kotaku that he expects the puzzles to be changed up.
“We’ve talked a little bit about the puzzle-solving element in Zelda, and how that’s kinda taken a different shape,” he said. “But I think people have come to just assume that puzzle-solving will exist in a Zelda game, and I kinda wanna change that, maybe turn it on its ear.
“As a player progresses they’re making logical choices to progress them in the game. And when I hear ‘puzzle solving’ I think of moving blocks so that a door opens or something like that. But I feel like making those logical choices and taking information that you received previously and making decisions based on that can also be a sort of puzzle-solving. So I wanna kinda rethink or maybe reconstruct the idea of puzzle-solving within the Zelda universe.”
As for a release date, it’s rumored that because Nintendo continues having difficulty producing games in a timely manner, the new Zelda may not be available until sometime in 2016. Officially, it’s supposed to come out in 2015.