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A new Zelda title is already in development - will probably take years to get here

Published: 15:47, 21 December 2017
Link holding the Master Sword
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is getting a baby brother. The new Zelda title is in active development, and the news was confirmed by the series' producer Eiji Aonuma in the new Breath of the Wild artbook. The book is only available in Japan.

Breath of the Wild was one of few Switch launch titles back in March. The game went on to reap almost universal acclaim on top of numerous Game of the Year awards. With the Champion's Ballad DLC out, we need to start thinking about the future. Turns out, Nintendo is way ahead us in this regard, as they've already put the gears of a new development process into motion. 

Eiji Aonuma - the series' producer revealed some of their plans in Breath of the Wild‘s artbook - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Masterworks. The book is, at the moment, exclusive to Japan, but the information inside knows no bounds. However, the only piece of that information is that the new Legend of Zelda game is currently in active development. With this, we close the "officially confirmed" part of today's The Legend of Zelda conversation.

Nintendo Shirtless Link standing in a circle The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I will now try and make some (un)educated guesses. Some of them might even have something to do with the new Zelda project.

Whenever a new game is confirmed to be in development, the first thought that comes to mind is "when will it be available". I'm not saying that it'll be a while until you actually get to play the new Zelda game, just that the development process for Breath of the Wild started after Skyward Sword was released. 

That puts a six year gap between the two games. Keep in mind that BotW was pushed back a couple of times. 

The new Zelda game could carry on the "open world" element of its predecessor, but Breath of the Wild has set the bar pretty high so it'll take some work to make the two games stand apart to the fans. In the end, Aonuma did say that he believes open world is the future of Zelda. Given the man's impressive tenure at Nintendo, he probably has the next three games planned out in his head at any given moment.

Nintendo Beetle going to greet Link The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi has already indicated that the new project could also bring the multiplayer option. This wasn't confirmed nor denied, so I'm going to call it now - there is going to be some kind of a multiplayer mode in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda title.

Let's leave it at this, for now. See you again in a couple of years with more news on The Legend of Zelda: project Aardvark.

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