A new report provides the first alleged details on an all-new Legend of Zelda for the Wii U. The Wii U Zelda is said to be a massive project that won't be completed for another two years.
Wii U Daily, citing a source in Japan, says that this upcoming Zelda will be the most expensive game that Nintendo has ever developed internally. Hundreds of people are working on it. The scale of the project was compared to a Grand Theft Auto game. Development is being overseen by series vet Eiji Aonuma.
The new Zelda, currently untitled, will have the same visual style as Skyward Sword. The visuals will be a much higher quality though, making full use of the Wii U's extra capabilities. The game engine is being built from the ground up along with the game, and sports some third party tech including Havok physics.
The Wii U Zelda won't have any online multiplayer. However, it will have some online features. Players will be able to leave hints for each other in dungeons, like in Dark Souls. Miiverse integration is planned as well.
The GamePad's unique abilities will be utilized in some fashion too. Each dungeon is said to use the controller in a different way. All of the tablet's capabilities will be utilized.
Just based on the few details this report provides, the new Zelda could be a defining game for the Wii U. However, it won't be available at launch, or even a year after. Supposedly it'll arrive in 2014.