Zelda Breath of the Wild looks to have started a trend for Nintendo, who are already answering questions about a sequel.
Having seen the latest title take Link’s adventures down a slightly different gameplay route, it appears that the Zelda team are pleased with the results.
So pleased, they are aiming to create the same level of freedom found in Breath of the Wild, for their next big Switch project.
Speaking to IGN, Breath of the Wild Producer Eiji Aonuma gave a firm answer when it came to how the team want to deal with Link games in the future.
“You know, I can’t speak to what other people, other companies will do in their own games, but I think for me, especially just in terms of the Zelda series, the incredible freedom that this game offers you and how well that’s been received…to me, it means that freedom, that level of freedom is something that needs to be maintained in Zelda games going forward,” Aonuma commented.
“My eyes have been opened to how important that is.
“So one of the things that we definitely consider is that we always wanted to make sure the player could understand what their challenges or what their hurdle is.
“We always wanted to make sure the challenge could be challenged. So we always wanted to make a linear way of [overcoming] a hurdle.”
Zelda creator Eiji Aonuma has also reportedly confirmed in a recent interview for the upcoming Breath of the Wild Master Books, that work on the next title is in progress.
But as you might expect, whatever is being worked on will likely take a long time to come to fruition.
The timeline between past Zelda games suggests a long wait, however, it’s fair to say that Breath of the Wild took longer, due in part to the Switch.
There’ll also be the incentive to release a new Zelda game on the successful Switch, with no guarantee that ts lifecycle will run as long as other past consoles.
And that’s not the only new Nintendo rumours circulating this week regarding The Legend of Zelda franchise.
More reports are coming in that claim a new Direct event will be held later this month.
A lot of new projects are expected to be announced during it, including a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for 3DS.
Not only will it be a big new game for the handheld but it will also feature more open-world gameplay, like that found in Breath of the Wild.
As usual, it’s best to take these latest rumours with a big pinch of salt and hope that Nintendo do announce a new Direct for January 11.