From potential collaboration to official comments on DLC.
By Colin Stevens
The sequel to Breath of the Wild was announced earlier this week at the end of the Nintendo Direct E3 2019 presentation, and although there are still some things we don't know about the title, there are some interesting information we have. I already knew about this highly anticipated game.
For more information on this presentation, see our review of the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct.
Producer Zelda hasn't been rejected by Co-Op, Playable Zelda
In an interview with IGN, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma was asked whether fans could potentially play Zelda in this game, or even if the co-op would be possible. Aonuma also did not deny, but said, "It's rather interesting that you brought it, because in Breath of the Wild, you often see Zelda and Link together, so to get directly into co-op thinking is very interesting for me."
Then, in an interview with Jason Schreier Kotaku, Aonuma was asked a similar question about playing as Zelda. Aonuma said, "Many people have asked that, so I want to ask you, why do people think so?" Schreier responded by saying that he was free at the end of Breath of the Wild, and people wanted to play like him. for a long time.
"I understand," said Aonuma. "But I can't tell you."
Team Zelda's inspiration
In the same interview with IGN, we asked what games were played by young staff on Zelda's team, specifically what inspired them, and Aonuma replied "[Something] I did hear that many people who played were Red Dead Redemption 2. "
When asked what open world inspired Zelda's team as a whole, he said, "When I worked on Breath of the Wild, director [Hidemaro Fujibayashi] playing Skyrim. "
Breath of the Wild 2 Not Related to Majora Masks
When the sequel to Breath of the Wild was announced, many made a comparison between it and the Majora Mask. This comparison was made for several reasons: the trailer issued a clear dark tone, similar to Majora Mask, that direct sequel like the Majora Mask was for the Ocarina of Time, and it seemed as if the game would run on the same machine and have the same general art style Breath of the Wild, like the Majora Mask do with the Ocarina.
However, Aonuma told IGN that the sequel to Breath of the Wild was not related to Majora Mask, saying "The new Breath of the Wild or the sequel, it doesn't have to be related to Majora Mask or inspired by it. What we show is a little darker now. "
Follow-up for Breath of the Wild
The trailer which officially announced the sequel to Breath of the Wild didn't tell us much about potential gameplay, but it gave clues to many story details. First and foremost, at the end of the trailer, the text "Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development" appears, showing that, at the very least, most of this game will occur after Breath of the Wild. It sounds obvious, but the direct sequel in The Legend of Zelda is surprisingly rare: Zelda II, Majora Mask and Phantom Hourglass are among several direct sequels.
While Link, Zelda and Ganon have had several incarnations and different versions along the broad Zelda timeline, Link and Zelda shown here are clearly the same duo starring in Breath of the Wild. Link wore the Champion blue Tunic which is now an icon, but with leather armor and robes – pieces of this armor look similar to what was found in the Hylian Armor set in Breath of the Wild. At least a little time had passed since the end of the game, as evidenced by Zelda's shorter haircut.
Breath of the Wild's Director Returning
In an interview with Game Informer, Aonuma confirmed that Hidemaro Fujibayashi, who directed Breath of the Wild, had returned to direct the sequel. While other specific members of the team have not yet been identified, it can be assumed that this is mostly the same team that works on Breath of the Wild. Aonuma himself will return as a producer.
Return to Hyrule and DLC
In the same interview with Game Informer, Aonuma explained that "One of the reasons we want to make a continuation is because I want to review Hyrule again and use that world again, while incorporating new gameplay and new stories." the game will at least partially occur in Hyrule as opposed to a completely new location, such as Termina or Lorule.
In the trailer trailer, we see Hyrule shots from Breath of the Wild (although without a Sheikah tower or shrine) when Hyrule's castle begins to be lifted up into the sky. However, Aonuma might only refer to the world of Breath of the Wild in general, and not the specific Kingdom of Hyrule.
Aonuma also suggested that the sequel to Breath of the Wild be able to accept DLC like the original, saying "I really like the idea of having a DLC or whatever comes after the main game … People play the game longer and enjoy deeper games. ahead, it must be something we will think about. "
Release date of Breath of the Wild Sequel
We were not given a direct indication when Breath of the Wild 2 will be released. Since we have never seen gameplay, and the development of Zelda often takes several years, it is possible that the game will not come out in 2020. Following E3 2019, official Nintendo of America Twitter The account posts a picture of the release window for games that came to the Nintendo Switch throughout 2019 and 2020. In the image section 2020, games that have confirmed 2020 release dates such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons and No More Heroes 3 are included, but Breath sequel Wild does not.
Of course, this is not a sure indication that it won't be released next year, because the highly anticipated Nintendo game, Metroid Prime 4, is not included. Because no game is publicly given a release window, it doesn't make sense to appear in this section. However, this is the recognition that the public faces that Nintendo has not committed to the 2020 release.
Ganondorf, King Gerudo
This section dives more into theory than the previous section, because there is no direct confirmation from Nintendo here, but it seems that Ganondorf (Gerudo of Ganon) will be involved in this sequel in several ways, shapes or shapes. In the trailer, it seems that Link and Zelda are exploring the tunnels under Hyrule Castle filled with glowing stones, and find the body of the male Gerudo (as evidenced by the Gerudo symbol on his clothes). If this is the case, that means this is most likely an incarnation of Ganondorf, one of Gerudo's men born to that tribe every 100 years.
In Breath of the Wild, champion Gerudo Urbosa said, "It is written that Calamity Ganon once adopted the form of Gerudo," referring to the Ganondorf of the Ocarina of Time, or to the same person found underground in the sequel trailer of Breath of the Wild. . Maybe this is one and the same, because this corpse's chest seems to have a wound exactly where Link stabbed it with the Master Sword at the end of Twilight Princess: this is the same Ganondorf of the Ocarina of Time who was locked in the Twilight Realm for countless years. Again, this is not confirmed, and the corpse may have nothing to do with Ganondorf.
There are several fan theories circling the internet about this trailer, but they are getting away from the confirmed information, so we will stop here for a while. We don't know how long we have to wait to hear more about the sequel to Breath of the Wild, but in the meantime, we always have the first game to hold us back.
In our Breath of the Wild review, we refer to the game as a "Masterpiece" which says it is "a masterclass in open world design and watershed games that recreate a 30-year-old franchise. It presents a beautiful sandbox full of mystery, dangling Many tantalizing things in front of you that you just want to explore. "
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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN and he really has Shekiah's eye tattoo on his back, so yes, he is very excited for this game. Follow him Twitter.