There’s no question that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become a peak performer for Nintendo over the last couple of months, selling significantly well on both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U platforms. That said, even with its forthcoming DLC, the producer of the series already has big plans for what’s ahead.
Eiji Aonuma noted that the open world structure that Breath of the Wild is based upon is likely to be used again with the next game, but there are also other ideas being implemented that should catch devoted fans of the series off-guard. In other words, surprises!
Speaking with Nikkei Trendy (via WCCF), he explained, “First of all I think the point that ‘this is a Zelda’ is big. It’s a series that has been continuing for a long time, if I am to put it in words then perhaps everyone would have thought it’s not that simple to do a ‘reform’.
“Furthermore, that reform causes a ‘surprise’ to all our users who have played Zelda until now, since it exceeds their imaginations by a bit, and I think perhaps that’s why they, including the media, have welcomed it with the ‘zeal’.
“It’s not an easy thing to be able to answer expectations of all our users, but through this game, I recognized again that the significance of continuing to create the series is right there, so in the future I’d like to repeat doing “great fusses*” and provide ‘surprises’ that exceed everyone’s expectations.”
"Now the real question is what kind of surprises would be in store. The Zelda team has always done a great job with storytelling in the past, even with games like The Wind Waker, with its distinctive art style being so different from other adventures. But it seems like it still has a long way to go when it comes to telling the tale of Link and company. We can’t wait to see what’s around the corner – especially when it could be even better than his current adventure. Is that possible?!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Wii U and Nintendo Switch.