Development Has Begun On The Next Legend of Zelda
Eiji Aonuma and his team have started development on the next Zelda game, according to a note in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Master Works, an official artbook dedicated to the game of the same name.
There aren't many details aside from Aonuma's note, but it's certainly not surprising. Work on Zelda tends to be very cyclical, with Breath of the Wild starting almost immediately after Skyward Sword finished up in 2011. That said, it will likely be a long time until anything tangible is created, as Aonuma was still rethinking Breath of the Wild's core fundamentals by the January 2013 Nintendo Direct.
In the ten months since Breath of the Wild's release, Aonuma has stated that open world Zelda is likely here to stay, but also that the handheld Zelda team behind games like A Link Between Worlds remains separate and could stay 2D even on the Switch.
At E3 last year, we spoke with Miyamoto about Zelda, and how they plan to speed up development of future games to eliminate those four to six year gaps.
What do you want to see in a new Zelda game? What do you hope they keep? Let us know in the comments!
Breath of the Wild is an amazing game, but as good as it was, there are big and little things that can be done to improve it. If they can take the wonder and awe of exploration in that game and marry it to the dungeon and enemy design of previous Zelda games, it would be a marked improvement on an already great game.