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Hyrule Warriors Features Multiple Playable Characters

by Neal Ronaghan - May 21, 2014, 3:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 26 Source: Famitsu

As Famitsu confirms a Japanese release date, more story and gameplay details about the next Zelda game are revealed.

Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty Warriors-style Zelda spinoff due out on August 14 in Japan, will feature multiple playable characters, including Link and Impa, in an original story focused on rescuing Zelda from the villainous witch Shia.

In Hyrule Warriors, Link is a soldier-in-training who is called into action when Shia kidnaps Zelda. He is paired up with the army captain Impa, who is just one of numerous playable characters. Others were shown off in screenshots, including a villain who might be related to the Ocarina of Time boss Volvagia.

For the most part, Hyrule Warriors appears to stay true to the Dynasty Warriors formula, with numerous upgradeable weapons and abilities that change each character. Z-targeting, a 3D Zelda staple, will work its way into the gameplay, however, and can be used to focus on specific enemies and weak points. Link's trademark spin attack will also factor into the combat. The Wii U GamePad will be used as an inventory menu in single-player, but in two-player co-op, one player can use the TV and the other can use the GamePad screen to play.

Hyrule Warriors is being developed by Omega Force, the studio responsible for most of the Warriors games, and Team Ninja, who last worked with Nintendo on Metroid: Other M. Eiji Aonuma, the Zelda series producer, is overseeing the project.

According to the developers, Hyrule Warriors is 70% complete and will be playable at E3 2014. The game is set for a summer release in North America and Europe, which means it should come before the end of September.

Talkback

Leo13May 21, 2014

I'm really looking forward to this game. I've never played a dynasty warriors game so I dont' have a great sense, but I think my wife and I will enjoy playing it together. (at least I am hoping so)

EnnerMay 21, 2014

Dynasty Warriors games are the beat'em ups of old where all their good points and bad points are multiplied. If you keep that in mind, you might be able to enjoy one.


I do hope that Zelda isn't a prisoner for long as I was hoping to play as here in the story proper (and not in some free-to-pick mode). That Team Ninja is helping Omega Force is a mixed blessing. The combat should be more interesting than other Warriors games. However, the breasts and cleavage will be more prominent. That Twin Rova character in that Famitsu screen grab is quite an eyefull.

pokepal148May 21, 2014

Other m giys are involved? So expect link to be moping about 'the baby' for this one.

PhilPhillip Stortzum, May 21, 2014

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Other m giys are involved? So expect link to be moping about 'the baby' for this one.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

That is SO fresh of a joke!

We need someone to say "Please understand" now, and this comedy will be edgy and new!

broodwarsMay 21, 2014

Well, if I didn't already think this game looked like pure shovelware that deserves to sell sub-1,000 copies, them confirming that Team Ninja was working on it would've done the trick.  ::)

AdrockMay 21, 2014

Yoshio Sakamoto was responsible for designing Other M and writing the script. I don't see how Team Ninja's involvement negatively affects Hyrule Warriors.

That said, Hyrule Warriors was looking extremely early when it was unveiled. I'm surprised it's coming out so soon. I saw the new screenshots. It's looking better, but I'd like to see video from the more complete build.

broodwarsMay 22, 2014

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Yoshio Sakamoto was responsible for designing Other M and writing the script. I don't see how Team Ninja's involvement negatively affects Hyrule Warriors.

I wasn't just referring to Other M, which had major mechanical issues along with its legendarily awful script. I was also referring to the other games Team Ninja has made, such as their recent Ninja Gaiden 3.  Team Ninja hasn't been known for making "good" games in quite some time.

ShyGuyMay 22, 2014

I've seen the scans. Who is the dude in red?

ShyGuyMay 22, 2014

This guy: http://www.famitsu.com/images/000/053/621/537c998637ac3.html

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This guy: http://www.famitsu.com/images/000/053/621/537c998637ac3.html

That's the dude who supposedly is somehow related to Volvagia. Maybe?

Anyway, I'm way more interested in this game after hearing more about it. I'm not sold on it, but this is a big step past my shoulder shrugging when it was first announced. I haven't played too many Warriors games, but I'd always find them fun for a little bit. If they actually make it feel "Zelda-like" then I imagine it might hook me more.

As I said on Twitter, Tingle or GTFO.

pokepal148May 22, 2014

It'll be interesting if they do try some new tricks in this version whether or not they end up basically showing up in the traditional warriors games.

ShayminMay 22, 2014

So, uh, is there any hometown to go with the huge amounts of life we've seen so far?

EnnerMay 22, 2014

Quote from: broodwars

Team Ninja hasn't been known for making "good" games in quite some time.

Eh, people seem to like Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and it's free-to-play offering.

Then again, I've heard the argument that it would be hard to fuck up a fighting game sequel.

nickmitchMay 22, 2014

More gamepad support than Mario Kart 8, confirmed.

CericMay 22, 2014

I'm actually hoping you unlock a Zelda campaign when you get through the original story.  Then Zelda unlock Tingle because reasons.

xcwarriorMay 22, 2014

Looking forward to it. Just hope there is a level where Tingle is there - and your mission is to sever his head from his body, permanently killing him off from the Zelda universe. This will be the only part of the game that will be considered cannon for the timeline.


PhilPhillip Stortzum, May 22, 2014

The villain showing some skin around her cleavage area is disgusting. Of course, I'm the type of person when I take a shirtless photo of myself, I put a black bar over my nipples!

StratosMay 22, 2014

I'm much more excited for this title now. It may replace Watch Dogs as my summer purchase. Nintendo's direct oversight should ensure the game has much more polish. Especially after the flop of Other M I am sure Nintendo will be much more directly involved in this game.

Leo13May 22, 2014

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I'm much more excited for this title now. It may replace Watch Dogs as my summer purchase. Nintendo's direct oversight should ensure the game has much more polish. Especially after the flop of Other M I am sure Nintendo will be much more directly involved in this game.

I'm with you except I'm not sure it wok release in the summer here will it?

StratosMay 22, 2014

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I'm with you except I'm not sure it wok release in the summer here will it?

Leo13May 22, 2014

Quote from: Stratos

Quote from: Leo13

I'm with you except I'm not sure it wok release in the summer here will it?

The game is set for a summer release in North America and Europe, which means it should come before the end of September.

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pokepal148May 23, 2014

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I'm with you except I'm not sure it wok release in the summer here will it?

The game is set for a summer release in North America and Europe, which means it should come before the end of September.

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StratosMay 23, 2014

I knew Pokepal would have a hey-day with this editing mess.

Mop it upMay 23, 2014

It should be fun to try out some other characters aside from Link.

I am so in for this game, I was already interested but it keeps looking better all the time.

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