In a rather timely and very merry revelation, Nintendo, or rather series producer Eiji Aonuma, has announced that a brand new tale of Link, Princess Zelda and all the races bound to Hyrule is currently in production. The announcement came with the Japanese release of Breath of the Wild: Master Works, a 30th anniversary art book that released a short while ago in Japan.
Nintendo Confirm New Zelda Game In Development
Helpfully translated by the guys over at Source Gaming, though no other details have emerged, it shouldn’t come as that great a surprise that 2017’s best game will be receiving a new installment built in its glorious engine — it’s rumoured that BotW‘s engine will be used for two more Zelda titles after. I, for one, will be sitting and festering in glee, awaiting a whole new adventure with Link! But will it star Link? Will it be open-world or more linear? Will it even release on Switch? Will it be a cel-shaded 2D affair? Too many questions!
To keep us Zelda-fans sated during the holiday season, Source Gaming even threw in a few awesome stills of Breath of the Wild‘s development process from Master Works, which i’ll chuck in here now. It is Christmas after all!
In the still below, you can see the visual journey BotW‘s Guardians went on. Looking more like Martians from H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, they literally would have been terrifying! Look at that crabby motherf****r bottom-right!
According to Master Works, the Rito Champion Revali was almost replaced by a Kokiri Champion. But after deciding on keeping the winged hero around, he nearly ended up looking a little like a gunslinger. Which would have been totally sick!
And, also according to the book, the Sheikah Slate was originally called the “Conductor”, and had lots of cool abilities, like being able to summon a dragonfly-styled drone with limited powers of its own. How cool would that have been?
Anyway, here are a few more stills for your eyes.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild released March 3rd on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Master Works has no Western release date as of yet, but as soon as it does, you’ll be the first to know!
[Source: Source Gaming]