'Legend Of Zelda Hyrule Warriors' Release Date: 'Ninja Gaiden' Developer Team Ninja Working Alongside Tecmo Koei [VIDEO]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 20, 2014 03:46 PM EDT
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If you were a bit worried that Hyrule Warriors would be little more than Dynasty Warriors with a Legend of Zelda wrapper, fear not. It's since been revealed that in addition to Dynasty Warriors developers Tecmo Koei and Omega Force, the team behind the recent Ninja Gaiden titles is also bringing a bit of flair to the upcoming title.

Developer Tecmo Koei Plans on Hyrule Warriors Being a Major Hit for the Wii U, Thinks It Can Sell Over One Million

According to the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, Koei-Tecmo VP Hisashi Koinuma has joined with Team Ninja's head Yosuke Hayashi. Hayashi took lead of Team Ninja for the studio's Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Metroid: Other M for the Wii. Both he and Koinuma will be acting as producers for Hyrule Warriors, while longtime producer of the Legend of Zelda series Eiji Aonuma is stepping in as the supervisor.

A tiny bit of the game's plot was also revealed. It seems that Hyrule's Princess Zelda just can't stay out of trouble, as in the upcoming Hyrule Warriors, she's been kidnapped by a witch named Shea, and it's up to Link to rescue her.

New Rumor Pegs Fall Release for Hyrule Warriors and Zelda U for Spring 2015

Hyrule Warriors releases is set to release in Japan this summer, August 14. A localization is planned for an outside release, but nothing concrete has been announced.

The upcoming game is not a core entry in the Legend of Zelda series, and save for a few familiar faces, has nothing to do with it. That'll probably be boo hooed by fans, but it does allow for a bit of experimentation. From what we've seen so far, the game looks to be based mostly on combat, and has essentially nothing to do with exploration, puzzle solving, item collection, or any other Legend of Zelda staples.

If you missed Hyrule Warriors' reveal, check out the announcement trailer below and see if you think the game has what it takes to help pull the Wii U out of its slump.

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