Nintendo Announces New 'Legend Of Zelda' Game Delayed, Reveals Concept Art

Sad news for "Legend of Zelda" fans. Nintendo has announced that the latest installment to the "Zelda" game franchise will not be released in 2016.

The gaming giant Nintendo has announced on Thursday, April 27, that the new "Legend of Zelda" game release has been pushed back to 2017, Nintendo Insider reports. In a statement, Nintendo shared that developers needed "more time to polish" the upcoming game. Developers are also said to be working simultaneously on game versions for both the Wii U and NX, Nintendo stated. Fans can expect the new "Legend of Zelda" to be released for the said two platforms in 2017.

Nintendo also indicated in its statement that the newest addition to one of its classic game series will be a part of its game offerings for the upcoming E3 2016 conference. The gaming company shared that the new "Legend of Zelda" will be the "focus of Nintendo's presence at E3." The annual gaming convention will be held from June 14 until June 16.

Avid fans may recall that Nintendo first presented the game during the E3 2014 conference, as stated in the same report. The game that would have provided players another chance to play Link in a new adventure was initially scheduled for a 2015 release. However, Nintendo decided to delay its release to 2016. With the latest news, this marks the second time that Nintendo has pushed back its release date for the new "Legend of Zelda" game.

Meanwhile, Nintendo has unveiled one of its concept arts for the said game on Twitter, according to a report posted on Digital Spy. The said artwork showed a colorful depiction of the game's protagonist Link. The game's hero appeared to be in caught in a mid-jump pose while wielding a bow and arrow. Nintendo captioned the image, "The new Legend of #Zelda will be the focus of #E3 2016. It will launch simultaneously on both Wii U and NX in 2017."

Fans of the "Legend of Zelda" game franchise should look forward to further news to learn more about the upcoming game and its gameplay features.

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