One of the reasons fans liked The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild so much is because of how much freedom players were given. The game is very open-ended and non-linear, and players responded well to this format. So if you enjoyed ‘Breath of the Wild’, you might be happy to hear that Nintendo is not planning on changing the open-endedness for upcoming Zelda games.
Series producer Eiji Anonuma announced that Nintendo is committed to this strategy, while also suggesting that the next games in the series will follow this format of non-linear storylines. In a recent interview with IGN, he talked about how the positive reaction to ‘Breath of the Wild’ has been eye-opening.
“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,” the producer said. “My eyes have been opened to how important that is.”
Breath of the Wild’s newest expansion, ‘Champions’ Ballad’, launched earlier this month. It adds new stories, new content, along with added weapons and items. The next Zelda game is currently under some form of production, but there is still no news as to when it will be released, so it probably won’t be out anytime soon.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently Nintendo’s best-selling game for the Switch, with about 4.7 million copies sold.
Were you a fan of Breath of the Wild’s “freedom”? Are you excited for more Zelda games in this format? Let us know in the comments below!