Next-gen Zelda due in 2015

During this morning’s Digital Event, Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma announced Zelda for Wii U, due out in 2015.

We weren’t shown much more than a thin slice of the game and Link with some new abilities. He races away on horseback, escaping a massive monster. The enemy destroys a bridge, causing Link and his horse (who we can only assume to be Epona) to retreat slightly, only to have Link jump up and fire a new explosive arrow to stun the beast, after which he readies another new digital-looking transforming arrow. Then, of course, the mic drops, and the trailer fades.

The game is said to be much more open-world, letting the player enter any area from anywhere, making the entire world a giant Zelda puzzle.

There’s no specific release date yet, though Nintendo says the game will be out in 2015. We’ll have much more news in the coming weeks and months, and we’ll do our best to squeeze out some more information about the game on the show floor.