An example of Nintendo being downright out-of-touch with the industry. Bill Trenten on why Zelda will be marketed "Open Air" instead of an open world game. I look at this game and I see a world that is fully integrated into the exploration and the adventure,” he continued. “It’s not just a world that you’re passing through. It’s sort of a world that you’re a part of. So much of the adventure and exploration is in this outdoor space, and the theme of wilderness collectively seemed like 'Open Air' was the right fit for it.
Of course, Zelda is the first game to do all this.