A while ago, Eiji Aonuma, best know as being the longtime producer and director of "The Legend of Zelda," told the whole world that he had checked out "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim."
And as is often the case, one thing led to another, and next thing you know, there were rumors going around that the next Zelda would be heavily influenced by Skyrim.
Which to be honest, is not the craziest of notions; word has it that playing "Shadows of the Colossus" at E3 many years back played a part in Twilight Princess. Though the most piece of speculation is just that and nothing more.
Aonuma set the record straight recently with USGamer. First of all, here's the real reason why he picked up Skyrim in the first place:
"I started playing Skyrim because the name was so close to "Skyward Sword" and I wanted to see what that was about. [laughs] I didn't pick it up because it was popular or because it was getting good reviews or anything like that. I just wanted to take a look at it. 'Oh, okay, this is what this game's about. There are some things in here that are sort of Zelda-esque and maybe some things that aren't.'"
As for the notion that Skyrim making its way into Zelda; sorry, but it ain't happening:
"But there was no inspiration taken from Skyrim. It didn't impact what I was thinking about for future Zelda titles. I'm always thinking about, 'Okay, next time, what are we going to do with the next one?' As a producer, whenever I can find more time to play games, I'm taking that free time to go out and play other games just to play them and see what's out there."
Aonuma goes on to state pretty much everyt game he plays has some influence, ultimately, that's just the creative process as a whole. But it's not like he plays one specific game to gather ideas. So yeah, sorry for those who want Nintendo's flagship franchise to be like Bethesda's effort, whereas others who were fearful of such an idea are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief.