Nintendo has shared a video entitled "Wii U - The Legend of Zelda Development Update – 3/27/2015", which can be viewed below, announces that the highly anticipated Zelda title will not be coming out until next year. Series producer Eiji Aonuma speaks in the development update video.
Nintendo has also noted on Twitter that the game will not be making an appearance at E3 2015 in June. Aonuma previously shared that the upcoming Zelda game was on track for 2015.
Even though this delay might be attributed to development difficulties, or a choice for implementing innovative ideas in the open world Zelda adventure, there is a possibility that other factors might be influencing this.
Nintendo's recent announcement that it would be making an entrance into the mobile gaming scene, as well as revealing the existence of a new dedicated gaming system, could have some impact on the release of one of Nintendo's biggest titles in years.
"In these 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," he explained. "As we have worked to turn these possibilities into reality, new ideas have continued to spring forth, it now feels like we have the potential to create something that exceeds even my own expectations."
"We are no longer making our 2015 release our number one priority. Instead, our priority is to make it the most complete and ultimate Zelda game," he added. "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."
Nintendo also revealed that they will be having a press conference at E3 2015, something that the company has been absent from lately. This could indicate that there is something potentially big coming from Nintendo at E3. and even if they did state that more information on the new Nintendo "NX", or just Nintendo X system, will be coming next year, it is quite possible that Nintendo could be making a reveal of the new system at E3.