Again when Retro Studios was driving excessive on the success of the Metroid Prime trilogy, not many anticipated them to leap off of the house bounty hunter’s ship and into the jungle in Donkey Kong Nation Returns. This implausible platformer rebooted the Donkey Kong Nation collection from the SNES with stunning visuals, tight platforming, and funky music, and it is no shock a sequel adopted swimsuit. However followers have been in search of a distinct recreation from Retro Studios on the time — a Zelda recreation.
In an interview on the Kiwi Talkz podcast on YouTube, Eric Kozlowsky — who labored as an artist on Donkey Kong Nation: Tropical Freeze throughout his time at Retro Studios — spoke of how the crew handled the hearsay mill whereas engaged on the upcoming sequel.
Kozlowsky had beforehand labored on Brütal Legend and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, so his assorted again catalogue, and expertise in engaged on journey video games, lead many to consider that Retro could be engaged on a model new Zelda recreation. Kozlowsky jumped between a couple of studios within the run-up to his tenure at Retro and talked about how this affected individuals’s expectations and the way he needed to adapt.
That was the humorous factor about once I joined Retro and everybody was taking a look at my portfolio and like “oh my god, he is labored on Uncharted, that should imply Retro is engaged on a Zelda recreation” and I am like, no I am only a versatile artist. I might do real looking stuff, I might do cartoony stuff. I am adaptable and I believe to have longevity on this business you have to be adaptable.
When requested if he and the opposite Retro builders went on-line and checked out these rumours, Kozlowsky admitted amusingly that they did certainly and that they laughed about it, however that it may be irritating as a result of it created “false expectations”.
I believe that occurred once we introduced Tropical Freeze, , everybody was like “oh they have been engaged on a Zelda recreation, they’re engaged on a Zelda recreation” it is like… nope. And we introduced Tropical Freeze and it seems phenomenal and it is beautiful wanting after which persons are like “oh however it’s one other Donkey Kong” after which, , persons are s***ing on it on NeoGAF or no matter, and you are like “oh man”.
So whereas the devs have been in a position to giggle concerning the rumours, Kozlowsky did really feel that it was “irritating when it [rumours] form of carries on for a bit too lengthy”, which is comprehensible, as a result of Tropical Freeze turned out to be a marvellous recreation.
There may be cause, nevertheless, to consider that Retro Studios was engaged on a Zelda title, although this was earlier than Kozlowsky’s tenure on the firm and in the course of the Wii period. Idea artwork from the cancelled challenge made it out to the general public final 12 months in an enormous leak.
You possibly can take heed to the entire interview with Eric Kozlowsky on Kiwi Talkz’s podcast under.