Nintendo’s official site had initially suggested that Hyrule Warriors, the upcoming installment in the Legend of Zelda universe, would feature an online battle/adventure mode, but it has now been confirmed by the game’s official Japanese twitter feed that it will have no form of online co-operative multiplayer.
オンラインによる協力プレイは対応していません。ご注意下さい。Game Padを使ったオフラインでの協力プレイは出来ますよ！”@_orngrg_: ゼルダ無双ってオンラインできるのかな？？？？？？”
— 「ゼルダ無双」公式 (@zelda_musou) July 31, 2014
The tweet confirms that there will be no online play in Hyrule Warriors, but it also reiterates the offline 2-player co-operative capability with one player using the gamepad and the other using the standard wii remote.
While many fans understandably had high hopes for online play, the game’s sales will likely not be stifled. Though the game may seem ideal for online multiplayer, the sheer popularity and love for the franchise is still very much prominent and this revelation will likely not hold the game back all too much.
Hyrule Warriors will be one of the many games being released later this year for Nintendo that will hopefully bring the company a greatly needed positive end to the year.
More details will soon be revealed with a Nintendo Direct livestream this Monday.