Legend of Zelda developer Eiji Aonuma has strongly hinted at the next Zelda installment having multiplayer by stating that the game will be, “more than just a single-player experience”.
In an interview with Game Informer, Aonuma was asked about the possibility of a Hyrule Warriors type of co-op being in Zelda for Wii U. He responded:
“The two-player functionality of Hyrule Warriors is actually something that has traditionally been done in the Dynasty Warriors series, but they’ve changed because of the hardware and the second screen on your GamePad,”
“Instead of having a splitscreen on the television, you have one-player playing on the television and one on the GamePad.
“When I was talking back about making Zelda more than just a single-player experience? That’s something you will see in the future, maybe next year.”
So it sounds like we can expect to get more details on this mysterious multiplayer mechanic next E3. I think this is something that is long overdue for the Zelda series, so I’m happy to hear that it looks like multiplayer has pretty much been confirmed.