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Hyrule Warriors Is The Zelda Game That Eiji Aonuma Could Never Make Himself

Posted by Damien McFerran

Developers behind the Wii U action title give some more detail

The core development team behind the forthcoming Hyrule Warriors has spoken to Famitsu about the reasons for combining the hitherto unassociated Warriors and Zelda franchises. The Japanese publication spoke to Tecmo Koei producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi — as well as Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma — about the makeup of the team, with Koinuma confirming that Team Ninja and Omega Force collaborating on the title is a first for the two companies:

When it comes to getting a good feeling out of beating down enemies, Omega Force, who develop the Dynasty Warriors games, would surely have an edge in that department. However, as far as one-to-one combat goes, I felt that that Team Ninja, who worked on the Dead or Alive series, could also come up with something good. So, we just decided ‘let’s just mix them together!’

When asked about what elements of the Zelda franchise the team wasn't allowed to mess about with, Hayashi replied:

When we first began working on the plans [for the game], there were many things that we couldn't decide on from within our company alone, so we often went to Nintendo and also consulted with Aonuma for the more detailed parts. As this process went on, we were able to see a fine line between what we could and couldn't do with Hyrule Warriors.

It got to the point where we and Aonuma reached a common understanding of what we could do with Hyrule Warriors, and from there, development really really sped up.

Hayashi added that one of the key reasons for creating Hyrule Warriors was to change the perception of what a Zelda game should be:

The Legend of Zelda has a history of 27 years, and the way it is played has already been well-established. So at first, we went in the direction of wanting to make something that could follow the way The Legend of Zelda is played.

However, that is something you could experience by playing any game of The Legend of Zelda series, and even if we could imitate the surface of it, it’s not something we could actually make. In the end, we realized that it would be best to make a Warriors title that has elements from The Legend of Zelda series.

Aonuma added that Hyrule Warriors is not a game he could have made solely on his own:

There wouldn't be a reason for making it a Warriors [game] otherwise, right? I wanted Tecmo Koei to make a Zelda game that I can’t make. And for this reason, I asked them to ‘give it more of a Warriors approach’.

Elsewhere, Nintendo of America has put the official Hyrule Warriors site live along with an English logo, which suggests the working title is in fact the final name of the game.

Hyrule Warriors launches in Japan on August 14th.


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Daruncic said:

"Play as fan-favorite characters like Link and Impa for the first time in the series!" I've always wanted to play as Link!



readyletsgo said:

Starting to kinda warm up to this game. I would think it's gonna have a September release in the west



Tlink7 said:

@Daruncic As long as I can play as Ganondorf, nothing can make this game bad for me... but they'll probably have him as a villain, damnit.



User1988 said:

This is exactly why I'm so excited for this game. For years Zelda fans have been asking for Nintendo to shake up the formula and that is exactly what is happening with this game. Even if it turns out not to be that great, it's still something different and I think I'll enjoy it even for that reason alone. And Impa looks so freaking badass. I can't wait to play as her!!



Tsurii said:

Warriors game play AND one on one combat in one game? Darn it...I started drooling all over my desk. Need to clean up a bit, brb guys! xD



Savino said:

My fears of this being the next zelda installment is getting bigger and bigger...



ScorpionMG said:

@Savino what do you mean by the next zelda installment? This title will sure play a big role in the japanese market, look how much Mh4 sold in japan, they love these kind of games. So does USA but this isn't Nintendo's Next big zelda game. More will be revealed this E3.



mostro328 said:

E3 needs to come now i can't wait to see what else nintendo has planned i hope they don't drop the ball



sinalefa said:


Maybe it has to do with the fact that it is missing the ESRB rating. I hope they leave her alone.



EverythingAmiibo said:

"release date: 2014" has been confirmed on this sight btw, I'm guessing a late September release. Or early October



EverythingAmiibo said:

@Ryno Dude, you're right! I think they are probably sorting that one out right now. They'll probably do a Tharja and put a cloth over her breastplate, making it look like she has nothing there xD



Action51 said:

This is good that they are mixing up studios and talent.

Smash is shaping up well, and now this.
People complain about lack of third party, but:

Bandai Namco, Tecmo Koei, Platinum, Sega, and Nintendo with Retro Studios, Monster Games, Gamefreak, and Intelligent Systems have the potential to deliver a schedule loaded with amazing exclusives across many genres.



andreoni79 said:

@Tlink7 Ganondorf MUST be a playable character, even because Fist of the North Star, which has the smallest roster between Warriors games, has 10 playable characters...



Xaessya said:

Since they didn't show Shia on the American site yet I would guess they are going to censor her for the America release



DerpSandwich said:

While I'm not interested in this game, I think it's a great idea to use the Zelda IP in different ways. We want to explore different gameplay possibilities and play as different characters. Look up Hyrule: Total War if you haven't yet. That's the sort of thing that would be awesome if Nintendo did it.



Savino said:

@DiscoGentleman @ScorpionMG

I really hope you guys are right!

Yes, I know this kinda of game plays a big role in japan, I am not against it, not even against see Nintendo Characters being ported to other games! I think everything is cool and really hope this game delivers a huge experience to everybody who like this style...

But, and that´s only my paranoia, something says to me that this will be the only Zelda we will see in E3.
I know Nintendo said this isnt the next Zelda game... but this doesnt mean that the next one will be shown this year....



ProudasaPeacock said:

They have pretty much stated that we are going to see or hear something of the next Zelda game at E3 multiple times, so I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. They even almost showed it at E3 last year, so it must be far along enough to show something of now.
Anyway, Zelda is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises and certainly one of the ones that gains the most hype. Nintendo would have to be pretty stupid no to show it at E3.



marck13 said:

Hyrule Warriors might in a way also be seen to introduce specifically japanese players more into the LoZ-Universe. I am looking forward to this game now. Before i wasn't very hyped, but now i want it!!



Clandon said:

I hope they don't censor Cia.

Just give this a T for Teen rating like Twilight Princess got and all is groovy.



Nabecoat said:

I'm hoping they DO change Cia's garb. Not for the sake of censorship, but rather to go with something more practical/realistic.



luke88 said:

Just kidding of course, I hope dynasty warriors fans enjoy this game and I will get it myself if the reviews are good but i'm not at all excited for it. I hope Aonuma san isn't spending too much of his time on it. Would love to see the next Zelda arrive early 2015.



SecondServing said:

I'm waiting for the reviews on this one. Team Ninja and Omega Force aren't really talented developers based off their recent titles...

...but the fact that Aonuma is supervising the project keeps me optimistic. Hopefully this will be the Zelda action game we deserve.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

Welp, can't say I like Cia, Shia kinda sounded more... sorceress-y. I guess I'll just stick with the japanese name.

@Nabecoat Practical clothing is overrated. She exists for the sexy (and some plot), and that shouldn't change!



River3636 said:

I don't care about all this jibber jabber just give me that game before the end of the year.



EarthboundBenjy said:

I've never played a Warriors / Musou game. All I know about the series is that the second one is actually the first one, and it's all very confusing.



rastamadeus said:

@luke88 No chance whatsoever of the next Zelda - or any main series Zelda console title - being released at the start of the year. It's Nintendo's biggest draw so will always be released at the biggest selling part of the calendar year: Christmas.



IronMan28 said:

I usually don't like Dynasty Warriors, but after looking at the NoA site, it looks pretty cool. I'll keep my eyes peeled for this one.



64supermario said:

I'm hoping they don't censor Cia as well, mainly because I'm not a fan of censorship as a concept



JaxonH said:

Right! A collector's edition would be mint.

I'm just waiting for the game to be listed on Best Buy's website so I can pre order. I check every day. They've already got Xenoblade 2 tentatively listed (named 'Xenoblade' as a Wii U game) so I was able to get that paid off already. I like pre ordering asap so I can pay it off and just wait for the release date...



RFox182 said:

@JaxonH Dido to pre knowing that my game is already paid off and all I gotta do is wait for release date



Senario said:

@64supermario If they do don't blame Nintendo because they have to bend to the regions "culture". Blame all the people who are crying about over sexualization of female characters. You don't see them complaining about ridiculously buff characters like Ike or Kratos. What about Thor? Honestly it is a non issue but the west makes it an issue.



BoobooMama said:

It seems that Cia is a promiscuous type of character. I mean, she "wants" Link all to herself. Her character design reflects that, so I don't see the problem. And if they just wanted to give her big boobs just because, that's fine too!



Dpishere said:

I must admit that I am getting quite a bit more interested in this game since the game was first announced. I played a couple of Dynasty Warrior games back on the PS2 with my brother, and this sounds like it could be another good way to do that again, with one of us on the gamepad and one of us on the TV!



Nintendo_Ninja said:

I hope they don't censor Cia. People would get so upset (for no particular reason. It's not the first time we've gotten censored content!) over it. Either way, I totally want this game!



I-U said:

I'll be honest. If Cia is censored, my interest will drop and Hyrule Warriors won't be a must have for me. I think the censor would be a huge joke and I hate the idea of Nintendo potentially catering to the people that are overly sensitive to more sexual designs.



Nintendo_Ninja said:

^ SEE!!!!!!!!!!! Told you guys people would get upset! Sure it's stupid, but it doesn't drastically change the game.



Senario said:

@BoobooMama I think it is too soon to judge a char like that. Just because she wants link doesn't mean she is promiscuous. Maybe she just really likes link because he is a cool guy, but he is too busy with zelda. Her appearance really doesn't matter when we have the horrors that are oot and majora's mask great faeries.



I-U said:

I'm not saying a censor would make the game terrible. I just don't like the idea at all. It'd be one thing if she was nearly nude, but this is all over her cleavage. It's ridiculous and it would be a joke to see Nintendo cater to these people over such a lite image.



Minotaurgamer said:

The guy couldn't even kill an octorock in Zelda 1 and the only games he can play are stupid interactive novels.

OF COURSE he couldn't make a game like this.



Zombie_Barioth said:

I see her as more of a trickster type, preferring to play mind-games than anything else. She definitely could be the type flirt with the enemy to get him to let his guard down. Or they could even go the forbidden love route, and she could want Link all to herself.

I kinda have the feeling they'll go the trickster route with the male villain being the muscle though, or at least him preferring brute force.



bezerker99 said:

The only reason I'm contemplating buying this is cuz its one of maybe 4 Wii U games coming out this year.



nungi said:

Some of you are a little premature with a woman a woman suppose to be that affecting some of you manhood.Guess mommy wouldn't let you play soul caliber or the rest of other provocative games.Just Grow Up.U need some adult games for some of the people who could handle it



FineLerv said:

I'm in the "Hands off Cia" camp. Objectifying women may be degrading but so is censorship.



Darknyht said:

I am cautiously hopeful about this game now given that Team Ninja's other Nintendo outing was Metroid: Other M.



nf_2 said:

My only concern here is that Dynasty Warriors games are horrible, I can't see this game being any different,



Shambo said:

IT LOOKS STUNNING a lot has changed since the first introduction, and the hype has reached critical levels! Please, make Sheik, Zelda (Skyward Sword), and a version of Tetra playable too! Oh, so many characters I'd like to play as, even Tingle could be nice given the right move-set. Surely it's useless to say I want to play as Ganondorf too, especially when he's based on Wind Waker's design! And Wolf Link and Midna, Skull Kid,... Oh please arrive soon, or my hype train will crash and the world will burn.



MinecraftGreek said:

Story-wise, I am hoping this is the game that ties OOT with WW, showing the story of how Hyrule became flooded under a great ocean.....Would love to play a game about that.....starts of in an OOT universe, expands to large open worlds around the world we know....tells a story of great wars and evil, and a sacrifice of the kingdom under a great ocean as well as transforming the Zora race into a flying race to ensure no one would wander into the old kingdom....

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