TIME e3 2014

WATCH: Nintendo’s Next Zelda Game Will Be an Open-World Epic

Nintendo's yet-unnamed new Zelda title will offer gamers an open-world romp.

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Nintendo offered a quick, teasing look at the next main installment in the Legend of Zelda series at its E3 digital media event Tuesday. Series director Eiji Aonouma presented a lush overworld (probably main character Link’s native Hyrule) in which Link fights a huge monster as he tries to traverse a bridge.

The colorful art style looked similar to the highly stylized The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii.

Aonuma said that the new Zelda would offer a more open world and less linear progression than past 3D Zeldas, which have all followed a similar format that involves exploring carefully designed dungeons in a particular order. The new title might harken back to the original Legend of Zelda on the NES, which emphasized overworld exploration and had dungeons that could be completed out of order.

The new Zelda, as yet untitled, is slated for a 2015 release.

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