Nintendo might not be in the best spot right now, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both continuing to sell while the Wii U sits in the dust, but there is hope, thanks to new first party exclusives coming to the Wii U and 3DS, including the new Legend of Zelda game announced at Nintendo’s Direct E3 2014 press conference.
The trailer for Legend of Zelda showed off some of the new designs Nintendo had put in place to make the world more open and free. The textures and quality of lighting and grass are really impressive considering the hardware the Wii U runs on and pumping out a full open world game is going to be a hard task for the Japanese company.
In the trailer, many spotted the change in Link’s appearance, moving from the green cloak courageous boy to a blue cloaked girl. In interviews with VentureBeat, Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma said “No one explicitly said that that was Link,” hinting at another playable character in the Zelda universe.
The Web exploded after hearing this news, questioning what character would be available to take Link’s place. One of the obvious answers is this will not be a game about just Link, other characters will be available to play throughout the campaign and this would suggest co-op and multiplayer will be available.
Another popular answer is Nintendo is looking to offer male and female versions of Link to the audience, allowing the player to choose their gender. This would not be the first time Nintendo brings gender into the game, although they do like to keep their main characters prominent in the gaming world.
The Legend of Zelda will be coming in 2015, still some time to speculate and question where Link is and who the new character will be. Nintendo does need more first party titles out in the market and slapping 2015 on the launch trailer isn’t going to get people hyped about the game for long.