The Zelda fanbase is probably one of the most active and vocal communities in gaming, often quite willing to give their feedback of the games online. In a recent interview, Eiji Aonuma stated that he values this feedback from fans of The Legend of Zelda. He said that the development team was “constantly thinking about how to make it unique compared to other games, both in general as well as to others in the Zelda series.”

“We’re constantly thinking about how to make it unique compared to other games, both in general as well as to others in the Zelda series. Of course, the response of fans is most important and something we care very much about, which is why recently we have been showing early previews at events like E3. We’re looking to see that there are no problems with the directions we’re taking, and are reflecting the reactions we do get into subsequent development.”
— Eiji Aonuma

Aonuma also revealed that he found the idea of forcing ideologies into games ”
kind of scary.”

“I haven’t and won’t be trying to put any message or meaning into the games. (If someone else were to make a Zelda game though, of course it might be different.) Occasionally I receive messages from fans telling me how playing Zelda games has changed their lives. While of course this makes me incredibly happy to hear, I feel a great sense of responsibility as well, so part of me feels that developers putting their own ideologies in games is kind of scary.”
— Eiji Aonuma

Source: Nintendo Everything

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