Nintendo has announced The Legend of Zelda, the next title in the long-running action series coming to Wii U in 2015.
The new game takes the series in a brand new direction, introducing a huge open world and offering a non-linear experience. The inspiration, Nintendo says, is to bring back the feeling of exploration found in earlier Zelda releases, with Link able to ride Epona across the massive, colourful world of Hyrule.
"The newest game in the franchise, scheduled for 2015, introduces the first truly open world in a game from the series," says Nintendo. "Players can roam Hyrule Field or set off on a trek to distant mountains if they prefer. Players can get to any area they can see from virtually any direction. That's one of the ways the game breaks with franchise norms and introduces new ways to play."
Kotaku reports that the footage shown, while not always from a gameplay camera, was in-engine. So the video below is pretty much what the game should look like on release next year.
Expect more on the game later this week.