Funnily enough I don't fancy sifting through all the videos either, there are hours of them. I think there's been some miscommunication down the line, because he explicity says that there are no towns in this demo, not that their are no towns in the game. There's lots of things you can't do in the demo that you'll be able to do in the full game, I don't understand why anyone is having a hard time to believe this. It's genuinely interesting to see how this kind'a shit spreads like wildfire around the backlog of websitesthough.People are taking that as fact and indicative of the whole game. If I watch the videos again I'll timestamp it for you, I think he's expressing that there are simply no towns in the Plateau area, in which the demo is set,but until then here's a quote from IGN in their interview withAonuma:
He also wouldn't talk about towns. "I can't share too much about villages because to tell you how the villages work, they're interconnected to the story and overall world."
Now, I'd imagine you're probably right in that there aren't necessarily many towns, because I get the impression this is hugely influenced by the original LoZ. As far the no companion, apparently that was left out as well for story purposes, but that is just two sides debating each other. Based on the demo, it seems the female voice, assumed Zelda, is essentially your companion. I don't really care, if there was a companion everyone would complain about how annoying it was.