Sorry, The Legend of Zelda fans. The wait for Link’s next adventure just became a bit longer.
Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma announced that the upcoming entry in the franchise, which was set for release on the Wii U, has been delayed out of its planned 2015 release.
Aonuma said he and the development team have discovered “new possibilities” while creating the game that has led them to focus on producing “the best game it can possibly be” rather than one that simply meets the projected release.
As a result, Aonuma, said, “…we are no longer making a 2015 release our number one priority.”
Aonuma has previously shown off footage from the game and its more open world focus, but it seems that the team is looking to do something much more ambitious than was previously indicated. Aonuma also announced that, because of the team’s focus on exploring these new opportunities, the game will not be shown at this year’s E3 conference in June.
Aonuma doesn’t offer a new window for Zelda, so whether the game can be expected in 2016, or even later, is currently unknown. Zelda was expected to be Nintendo’s flagship title in the latter half of 2015. Now, the company’s plans for the holiday season are currently much more of a mystery, and fans will likely have to wait until E3 to hear anything about what’s to come in the fall and winter.