While Shigeru Miyamoto might have created Zelda, Eiji Aonuma is arguably the most important person in the franchise’s history. Though he might have just started as a developer on Ocarina of Time, Aonuma went on to direct Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess and either produce or supervise every other Zelda project of the last twenty years. In other words, two-thirds of the man’s career have been devoted to steering one of the most respected IPs in the industry, and I think most would agree he has done a pretty good job.
However, Nintendo wants to see what more the talented developer can do, because according to Aonuma himself, the company wants him to create a new IP. Zelda fans need not worry though, because apparently he won’t be shirking those responsibilities.
“Nintendo has been telling me to create a new IP. But then, they’re also telling me to make more Zelda games,” Aonuma stated in an interview with Edge magazine. “I can’t really share much; I’m not sure I’m allowed to say anything. But I really like the idea of a game where I can live as a thief. That’s all I’ll say.”
This is obviously exciting for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Aonuma is an exceptionally talented developer and producer with a clear devotion to delivering expertly crafted games. Also, it’s always exciting to hear about the prospect of new Nintendo IPs; the company tries not to stray too far from its stable but when it does you often end up with brilliant gems. It’s hard to imagine that Nintendo letting one of its big talents run free with new ideas could deliver anything short of greatness.