Posted by Evolve on May 8, 2018 | In: General News
When you think upon the year that was 2017, you think of a lot of things. But, when you think of it in terms of gaming, you think of all the wonderful (and a few not so wonderful) gaming titles. Without a doubt though, one of, if not the, most important game release last year was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This game was so amazing, so beloved, and so praised, that not only did it become one of the highest-rated video games of all time, but it won numerous awards from numerous institutions, including some in 2018.
The question now though, is what's next? And arguably more importantly, when will Nintendo begin work on the next Legend of Zelda title? Well, a job listing seems to indicate that they're going to be working on it physically soon. As a Twitter post from user Black Kite included a photo showcasing a job listing for a Level Designer, one that would be working on a Legend of Zelda title.
Now, while Twitter isn't always the most "accurate" place for information, this job listing has been confirmed to be real, which means, Nintendo really is working on the next Zelda title. So, now the question is, will this be for the Nintendo Switch or the 3DS? Recent news showed that Nintendo plans to keep the 3DS alive throughout 2020, which means a 3DS Zelda title could be in the books. However, the job listing states that the applicant should have "console game experience". Seemingly pointing to a new game for the Switch.
As for what else the job listing entailed, it said that the hired person would be working on the design and creation of dungeons, the monsters of the game, certain in-game events, and more. It's also important to note that this is a contract position, not a full-time position. Which means sense in regards to how game design teams grow and shrink depending on what position they are in during development. Thus, Nintendo could be building their team for the beginning stretch, and then shrink it down later. Do recall, the Breath of the Wild had 300+ team members at one time.
This, naturally, leads to the biggest question of them all...what will the game be like? Breath of the Wild shattered expectations with its grand open world and its take on Hyrule. Will a sequel really be more of the same, or, will the Zelda team try and make some as special as Breath of the Wild but in a different location. Long-time producer Eiji Aonuma has confirmed that all major Zelda games would now be open world because of the success and praise for Breath of the WIld. So we do know that the sequel will have the grand scale of the previous entry. However, the director of Breath of the Wild, who will be helming the sequel, has said that he wants to help make an "imprint" on the series much like Aonuma and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto have done over the decades. To that end, we wouldn't be surprised if some new elements of gameplay were put into it. We'll just have to wait and see.