Hyrule Warriors is the working title of a game being developed by Tecmo Koei in partnership with Nintendo. It mixes the setting and characters of The Legend of Zelda franchise with a gameplay format based on that of the Musou franchise (Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Warriors Orochi). In Japan, the game is called Zelda Musou. The game was revealed in a Nintendo Direct on December 18, 2013. It is currently set for release in Japan during Summer 2014 and confirmed for the rest of the world also in 2014. In Japan, the game will be published by Tecmo Koei, while Nintendo will handle publishing duties in North America and Europe.
Similar to other Musou/Warriors titles, Hyrule Warriors pits the player against scores of enemies in open battlefields. The debut trailer for the game depicts the player character Link engaging in battle with hordes of smaller foes and dispatching them with combinations of strikes, including a wide-ranging strike that could function as the game's equivalent to the Musou Attack.
Link is also able to use classic sub-weapons and items. The trailer shows Link throwing multiple bombs in succession to deal damage to a small crowd. He can also carry red potions and in addition to fighting with a sword, can attack enemies with the fire rod.
The UI, at least in part, also features elements that fit the Zelda theme. In particular, the life gauge is represented in hearts, and life can be restored by collecting hearts on the battlefield.
The game features enemy types of varying sizes. Human-sized bokoblins appear to be a common enemy soldier type, and somewhat larger Lizalfos appear in a role more akin to minor officers of the Warriors series. The player will also have to contend with giant enemies such as the King Dodongo.
Warriors titles are typically known for large and diverse casts of player characters. It is not yet confirmed if Link is the only playable character in the game or if others will see inclusion. Link himself bears his traditional appearance for the most part, wearing his familiar green tunic and cap, but with the addition of a long blue scarf, as well as a shoulder guard on his sword arm. A similar scarf and shoulder guard were worn by the Link depicted in a manga short story included in the Zelda art/chronology book Hyrule Historia.
Hyrule Warriors is the second Warriors title to feature a strong presence from a Nintendo property. The Wii title Samurai Warriors 3 features the protagonist of the Famicom Disk System game Nazo no Murasamejou (The Mysterious Murasame Castle), Takamaru, as a playable character. The game also includes a full-fledged gameplay mode in Murasame Castle that plays like an adaptation of the Famicom title using Warriors mechanics.