Here are some quotes from Edge Magazine:
Aonuma: “Since we’re talking about open worlds, let’s state upfront that we don’t plan to have an open world in the same way other companies have been doing in recent years.”
“In the original Legend of Zelda, there was no clear way to lead the character to his goal. The player was trusted to find it by themselves. As game worlds became more complex, we had to point players in the right direction. Consequently progress becomes more linear. To recreate an experience similar to the original, the world needs to have a simple structure that players can understand intuitively. We need to make each part of the world real and connected so it doesn’t look fake. We also need a game map that depicts the world as it is. The gamepad is very effective for this. Innovations in this game are only possible due to Wii U hardware”
Yes, Aonuma, because apparently Zelda games have never had game maps until the Wii U gamepad. What is this guy smoking? I want some.
Do you know why I very much despise Aonuma as a person? It isn’t because he keeps putting in ‘bad story’ and ‘puzzles!’ into Zelda. That doesn’t make him a bad human being. What makes him a bad human being is that Aonuma does nothing but lie and counterfeit. Remember the Gamecube Zelda demo? Wind Waker looked nothing like it. Remember the Wii U Zelda demo? Zelda U looks nothing like it.
Open World Zelda hype? “See those mountains. You can go over there.” It was all bullshit.
What this tells me is that Nintendo knows what we want. They know how to place the correct hype. Yet, the final product is completely different from what is hyped. I consider this Killzone 2 trailer type of bullshit.
Where are the game journalists ridiculing Aonuma for his constant lies and half-truths? They are all absent, of course.
I’m also convinced they don’t want to give an accurate preview to Zelda because of the backlash. Zelda Wii was initially missing a sword but there was too much outcry. Nintendo doesn’t want the fans to have influence.
Some people say that Zelda fans are what is holding Zelda back. Are you crazy!??? When has Aonuma ever done what Zelda fans wanted? Twilight Princess is the only time I can remember. No one wanted Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, etc.