Miyamoto discusses Zelda Wii U's open world

In a recent interview with YouTuber iJustine, Shigeru Miyamoto divulged some new information regarding the upcoming Zelda title for Wii U.

Sitting alongside his usual translator and Nintendo’s senior product marketing manager, Bill Trinen, Miyamoto answered a few of iJustine’s questions that many fans and the press share. Nintendo surprised everyone on December 5 by showing gameplay footage of Zelda U, but after the initial excitement, many began to voice concerns.

At the Game Awards show, Zelda producers Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma unveiled footage that showcased the vast new world of Hyrule. At first glance, and after endless analysis from fans, it’s clear that the world is much larger than any other previous Zelda title. Thanks to the capabilities of the Wii U, it will be the first in the franchise to run in HD and will have much larger sections of the world rendered at one time. But many argue that the footage showed very little activity and are worried that the game will feel stagnant overall.

When iJustine asked how gameplay and story are being approached in this open world game, Miyamoto responded by saying: “With Zelda games, what we’ve always done is to try to make them where you enter this big world of Hyrule and there’s a lot to explore and discover.”

In a follow-up question regarding the number of things players can do in the new world, Miyamoto said: “There may even be times where you forget what your goal is, because you are doing other things on the side.

“What we’re trying to do is design it in a way where you don’t have to play it for a super long time, but more matched to today’s lifestyle where you can think for a little bit, and say, ‘maybe I just want to play for a little bit today and do this one thing.'”

The thoughts shared in the interview will likely calm many fans’ worries, while his statement regarding a Zelda game “more matched to today’s lifestyle” will give them plenty to think about in the months to come before its promised 2015 release. You can watch the video in its entirety below:

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