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Zelda game producer Eiji Aonuma announced recently via a YouTube video posted on Miiverse that The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will not be released in 2015 as previously expected. Here is the text from the video.
Hello, Zelda fans! I am Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda. I’d like to share with you an update on out development progress on The Legend of Zelda for Wii U.
Since I declared at The Game Awards in December that the game would launch in 2015, the directors and the many members of the development team have been working hard developing the game to make it the best it can be.
In the last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn’t existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game.
As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, and it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds even my own expectations.
As I have watched our development progress, I have come to think that rather than work with meeting a specific schedule as our main objective, and releasing a game that reflects only what we can create within that scheduled time, I feel strongly that our focus should be to bring all these ideas to life in a way that will make The Legend of Zelda on Wii U the best game it can possibly be. So, I must apologize to you all that were expecting the game by year’s end, but we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority.
Instead, our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game. I hope to use the added time to make The Legend of Zelda for Wii U into a game that will reward you for your patience, so thank you for your continued support.
Also via Twitter, Nintendo mentioned Aonuma and his team will not show the game at this year’s E3.
Hopefully, Zelda fans can accept the delay. As in a few previous games, we know the wait was worth it.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 27, 2015
[Sources]: Miiverse / Nintendo Aonuma: An update on The Legend for Zelda for Wii U; Twitter / @NintendoAmerica: Mr. Aonuma & team will be hard at work on #Zelda and have decided not to show it @ E3. Thanks for your patience!.