For a few years now, Eiji Aonuma has been promising something of a reimagining of the Legend of Zelda series. Twilight Princess was touted as the last Zelda "as we know it", and now Mr Aonuma has spoken to the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine about some of the developments in the next title.
"It is something we used to talk about with Mr Miyamoto, and he and I agree that if we are following the same structure again and again, we might not be able to give long time Zelda fans a fresh surprise."
"So we have been trying something new in terms of the structure of the Wii version of the new Zelda game this time. I am really hopeful that people will be surprised with the changes we have implemented for this Wii version."
Admittedly it isn't much to go on at the moment, but Mr Aonuma said he hopes the game will be on show at E3 next year, stating "it is something we are hopeful will be surprising."
We already know that the title will offer full MotionPlus support for its swordfighting, but these comments sound more like an overhaul of the game's structure itself, going far beyond its control elements. Perhaps we could see more traditional RPG influences at work, or perhaps even co-operative gameplay for the first time since Four Swords Adventure?
If you want to know more about what Mr Aonuma has in store, the full interview will be published in next month's Official Nintendo Magazine, which isn't out until December 18th, although that's a damn sight nearer than E3 2010.