Development for the Next Zelda Game Has Begun

As if there was any doubt, we’ve learned that Nintendo has begun work on the next Legend of Zelda game.

The news comes from a note in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Master Works (via Game Informer), where The Legend of Zelda series producer and manager Eiji Aonuma said both he and his team have started development on the next game in the series.

It’s worth pointing out that Aonuma previously stated that open world design in the Zelda series is here to stay, and that the team working on games like A Link Between Worlds will remain separate, and that 2D Zelda games can still happen on the Switch.

In related news, the second and final expansion “The Champions Ballad” for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now available. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently available for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. In case you missed it, you can find our thorough video and written review for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild here.

What would you like to see in the next Legend of Zelda game? Sound off in the comments below!



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  1. Exien
    December 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    another news water is wet.

  2. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    December 19, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    by the love of god dont ruin it with femalel ink crap

  3. Neojames82
    December 19, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Or they can you know…perhaps have Zelda recuse Link? Or just have Zelda have a solo game?!

  4. Person Man
    Person Man
    December 19, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    “Please don’t include a character made by another company for shits and giggles who we’ll probably never see again”

    what the hell. That’s like begging Toriyama to never bring back Launch. Or hell, begging Intelligent Systems to not bring back the two nothings from Fire Emblem Warriors.

  5. Mechonis
    December 19, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    7 years later…..

  6. orbo
    December 19, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Pretty obvious after this one’s success that they would keep going open world with the next entries.
    A friend doesn’t find it appealing though and wants it to go back to being puzzelda, ironic since they’re the games that have been killing the series with massive drops in sales in each entry since going that route and Aonuma designing them around trains and birds because his kid likes them.

  7. iswear12
    December 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Intelligent Systems is not a good example. The fact that they have literal nothing characters in a game that has 12 games to choose from is a fucking disgrace. in their case its fucking warranted, fuck them

  8. 2501
    December 19, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Loved BOTW but man… don’t bring back the voice acting, there is only so much that i can take from Zelda’s whiny voice.

  9. RichardGristle
    December 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I’m shocked!

    I hope they do exactly what they did with BotW minus these 3 things:
    1) No more goddamn broken weapons
    2) No more DLC unless it’s major content akin to old school expansion packs
    3) Throw your voice actors in the garbage and never call them again

  10. RetroGamer
    December 19, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    While I loved BOTW’s open world, I hope the next one has a stronger musical presence, individually themed dungeons, and a larger variety of different enemies.

  11. Person Man
    Person Man
    December 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    You know Intelligent Systems didn’t make Fire Emblem Warriors, right? The point I’m getting at here is that the Koei OCs don’t mean shit.

  12. iswear12
    December 19, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    What did he mean by this?

    It doesn’t matter if they fucking “made” it. Koei likely handled the engine, but I have little doubt that Intelligent Systems decided which characters did or didn’t make it in, as well as the pricing and DLC model bullshit. It would be consistent with the shit they’ve pulled off in their other games.

  13. GameZard
    December 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Hopfully the next Zelda game will be better.

  14. Fandangle
    December 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Sales doesn’t equate to quality. Though the sales drops might have something to do with them constantly forcing story down everyone’s throats. I am pretty certain SS would have been remembered MUCH better if only it didn’t have a 20 hour long tutorial and the Fi reminders.

  15. Fandangle
    December 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I liked weapon breaking. Though personally I would want a weapon repairing mechanic and a weapon storage utility. The House in BotW was incredibly limited and you couldn’t store all the unique weapons in there at one point. I think between those two things the game would be golden and all the people whining about “breaking weapons” would be dust in the wind.

    The other two points are spot on. I’d also throw in “More dungeons” because the ones in BotW were complete ass.

  16. Fandangle
    December 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    IS and nintendo did have veto power over the game. I don’t understand where people get off that Nintendo and IS don’t have any control over the FE IP if they’re not developing it. I mean with that dumbass logic KT could make a total hentai game and Nintendo could not do anything about it.

    Nintend and IS have complete veto power over pretty much everything regarding their IP. In fact they’re the only reason Lyn and Celica were included at all. They’re also the reason the game wasn’t a complete ripoff of Heroes.

    Though really there is someone at IS we can blame for the shitty modern characters… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3af4d5158c9e229cb1c2ece8ad28ad0e34023b1be1929b3faa266cbfacf30196.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/10f74a0e78abfdc039512d1f8c1d99a0394e18185a89b7196e72ec674e7f2116.jpg

  17. Person Man
    Person Man
    December 19, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Point taken. IS would bring back the nothing characters, if only for some promotional event for Heroes or another DLC thing for the FE game on Switch.

  18. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    December 19, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I’m one the few who enjoyed the breakable weapons system, am I not? I think it adds tact and tension to the battles. I like it just fine, but it could use some tweaks. Like not making a “major” weapon almost as breakable as a twig. If not for anything more than making search and discovery feal more rewarding.

  19. totenglocke
    December 20, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Urbosa’s voice actress was great. The rest can go though!

  20. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    December 20, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Grezzo recently announced that they’re hiring for development of another “legend” game.

    Hopefully they make the next small budget Zelda.

  21. -blank-
    December 20, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I liked BoTW, I just hope the next open-world Zelda has more going for it. Compared to the older games, there just wasn’t much variety in the latest one.

  22. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    December 20, 2017 at 2:09 am

    “Link! Yu aaou’re only hoap!”

  23. Shattno
    December 20, 2017 at 3:38 am

    A game where you play as zelda would be cool, I liked playing as zelda in hyrule warriors

  24. CyborgNinja
    December 20, 2017 at 4:00 am

    coming 2022…

  25. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    December 20, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Breath of the Wild had flaws, but it was still my favorite game this year. Hell, it was my favorite game in years. And I can only see it getting better from here.

    Hopefully, we don’t have to wait that long.

  26. A Giant Naked Loli
    A Giant Naked Loli
    December 20, 2017 at 6:21 am

    All I want is a better more interesting story, and better voice actors.

  27. Donwel
    December 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Completely agree. I found it unusual that BOTWs music was so subdued considering all of the older games music (particularly the overworld) was an ever present and in your face fanfair kind of deal.
    Perhaps the subdued music in BOTW is exactly because the vast majority of the game takes place in the overworld so people won’t get pissed off listening to the same loop for 200 hours.

  28. Bassgs
    December 20, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Then you`ll love the wand of gamelon and zelda`s adventure

  29. Shattno
    December 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

    We don’t talk about those…

  30. The Clansman
    The Clansman
    December 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    The voice acting for Latin America and Japan was great, the only bad dub was the one for the USA.

  31. Joe Tavarez
    Joe Tavarez
    December 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I wouldn’t mind a game with a smaller world with the same assets used either if we could get that game sooner à la Majora’s Mask.

  32. British_Otaku
    December 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t mind it either, but it could definitely be done a lot better.

    Perhaps a means to repair them which is tied to main/side quest progression (Kakariko Village could have a person do it?) or even have Link be able to do it by using the resources that he collects (we also need to have at lead the option to know how damaged things are).

    (Oh and legendary unbreakable weapons should be a thing)

    We also need much more interesting weapons or techniques to do with them. On paper, the open world allows us to set grass on fire with a sword or arrow to get height and get easy critical arrow hits. I think that is a good range but standard melee is lacking with enemies which mostly can’t deal with our abilities.

    Lynels are just immune to all special properties and damage sponges who dodge lightning. They could have made the game more interesting by making at least one of the weaker ones have a few weaknesses which play into strategy.

    Not weaknesses like Lizafos which just end up being one-shotted by an element if they are coloured wrong effectively making them barely more of a threat than bats (also one hit to beat them).

  33. British_Otaku
    December 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I’m sure one of the other voice overs must have been decent but it wasn’t worth having when we have so little to see and lacking performances.

  34. Snorlaxation
    December 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I’m fine with keeping voice acting, but there’s no excuse in this day and age for bad voice acting/directing.

  35. Snorlaxation
    December 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    not overall, but several of them (like Zelda and Mipha) really brought down the overall tone.

  36. braneman
    December 21, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I want a sensible checkpoint system for places like the Yiga Hideout and I want some sort of weapon crafting system so I can make a club out of moblin teeth and horns.

  37. DeeeFoo
    December 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I wouldn’t mind a female link. There’s nothing in the lore that disallows it, since Link reincarnates.

  38. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    December 21, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Yea fuck off He is male Zeldai s female thats how it is

  39. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    December 21, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Linkle the biggest cancer

  40. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    December 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    No issue with me aslong as the dont ruin link to appeal to SJW that keep asking for it

  41. DeeeFoo
    December 22, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Zelda will always be female, I agree with that. That’s within the lore.

    However, like I said, nothing in the lore disallows Link from being female. Link is a reincarnation, so he can technically be whoever. He’s not even always blonde and left-handed in some of the entries. If you would like to elaborate instead of resorting to cursing, I’d be more than willing to have an open discussion with you.

  42. Mango
    December 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I’m gonna appear out of thin air to ask why you believe Link can be anything but Zelda can’t. The games don’t specifically say that Link “reincarnates” they say, especially BOTW which laid it on thick, that in each age when Hyrule is threatened a Person who has the blood of the Goddess and a person who has the Spirit of the Hero, will appear to defend Hyrule. Granted to be fair, when referring to Zelda the game calls her a ‘princess that always reappears’ but then it also genders the ‘knight that also always reappears.’

    In short if you want to argue that because Link is technically multiple people and that he reincarnates he can be anything, then it would be extremely hypocritical to argue that Zelda can’t also be anything…when all the various Zeldas share are blood and a name.

  43. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    December 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Yea as i say Link will be always Male just as Zelda will be always female as we all know the spirit of the goddess re incarnate in zelda every time. nice try

  44. DeeeFoo
    December 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for trying to have an honest discussion with me.

    Like you said, Zelda must always be a princess. She’s also the reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia, which is a gendered title.

    You bring up a good point with Link always being referred to as a knight. I will bring up the counterpoint that “knight” is a gender-neutral term. Let’s look at an in-game example. In Skyward Sword, Link was a student at the Knight Academy. However, Zelda was a fellow student there as well. This indicates that anyone of any gender can attend the Knight Academy and be granted knighthood in their universe.

    Now, from the real-world perspective, I totally understand why Link can’t be female. They would lose some of their branding, people would get angry, etc etc. From a lore and canon perspective though, I think it can happen.

  45. Mango
    December 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You got something wrong there. The only place that it was stated that Zelda was a reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia was in the SS Manga, which is up to debate whether it is or isn’t canon, and even then in said Manga, Link is stated to be reincarnated from the Hylian warrior named Link, alongside Zelda, always, out of love. If we’re to assume the manga is canon, then to assume Link can be female would require that we must also assume that Hylia can be reincarnated as a Zelda that is either gay or Bi, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but definitely is not what I think Nintendo would want to imply.

    However we can actually role out the manga being canon thanks to BOTW. Hylia is very much alive, alongside Zelda, in BOTW. She is the one who talks to Link via the Goddess Statues, and Zelda’s journal mentions that Zelda saw her in a dream. The reason for this is because Hylia is alive in the afterlife, as she only reincarnated specifically into SS Zelda, and when SS Zelda died, either their souls split or Hylia simply just took complete control; it’s not clear, but it is clear that Hylia is not reincarnated into every Zelda, which is why the games refer to Zelda specifically having the “blood of the Goddess” not “the soul of the Goddess.” Going off of this thematically, we can look at SS and SPECULATE, that “the spirit of the Hero” specifically refers to the soul of the hero in Skyward Sword. Granted, this is just a theory, but the later half of Skyward Sword is about Link honing his spirit to be better adjusted to use the Triforce to defeat Demise, and since he’s the first Link, it’d make a lot of sense to assume that they’re all reincarnated specifically from him.

    All this said, even if Zelda was specifically reincarnated from the Goddess Hylia in every game, I don’t get why that would “gender” her soul, but Link being reincarnated specifically from some source that always spits out a blond, blue eyed, Hylian, boy wouldn’t “gender” his soul. I don’t understand the reasoning that being reincarnated from a divine soul carries gender stipulations, but being reincarnated from a mortal soul doesn’t .

    Finally, I wasn’t super clear. I wasn’t referring to the word “knight” but rather the whole cutscene, it states that “The Goddess blood carirying Princess” and the “The Spirit of the Hero carrying Knight” appear in each age; this is a first for the Zelda series lore wise, as it implies that the people are aware that Link, Zelda, and Ganon reappear. The cut scene then goes on to refer to the “princess” as “she” and the “Knight” as “he.” Now, to be fair this is referring specifically to the backstory event in BOTW, and thus one specific set of Link and Zelda, but thematically it’s also meant to be referring to the series as a whole, as that’s BOTW’s timeline placement, in that it’s post-everything, so how it refers to characters can be extrapolated to the whole series, at least in my opinion.

  46. Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson
    December 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    “Linkle was to appeal to SJWs.”
    Wew. Linkle was aimed at waifufags.

  47. DeeeFoo
    December 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    That’s actually a very good point. For the sake of argument, I’m not going to count any of the manga as canon.

    I have to be honest, you’ve stumped me.

    The reason I say that Zelda should always be female is because her role has always been so constant across the games. Whenever a game has Zelda in it, she’s always a princess of Hyrule (save for SS). However, on the flipside, the role of Link is not always constant. He’s been a farmer, an apprentice swordsmith, a random kid on an island, a train engineer, or what have you. In most of the games, he usually doesn’t have ties to the royal family. It wasn’t until BotW did Link actually have ties to the royal family, being an appointed knight.

    So I guess my question then becomes, why is Zelda always reincarnated as a princess/royalty of Hyrule, while the spirit of the Hero can seemingly reincarnate into whatever random person? That played a major factor into my belief that Zelda should always be female, since the spirit of the Goddess always happens to reincarnate into a consistent figure, while the spirit of the Hero doesn’t.

  48. Mango
    December 22, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Well the reason Zelda is always a princess is, lore-wise, due to the fact that they’re all related. Hylia started the line by reincarnating into SS Zelda and then from there SS Zelda founded the first generations of the Hylian Royal Family, and, according to HH, a lot of the princesses of Hyrule were named Zelda in honor of SS Zelda. They tried to sorta make it a law to make Zelda named Zelda by law, but that was with AoL’s backstory, and right after making AoL they made a prequel that had nothing to do with the backstory. :/

    Which just sorta reflects how the lore works in the Zelda series. In that it connects, but only sorta. She’s also only really usually a princess because that’s just what she is, she’s “Princess Zelda” just like Peach is “Princess Peach.”

    All this said, lore wise, all an incarnation of Zelda needs is to be related to Hylia and the Hylian Royal Family. Also Link is a little more consistent then you think, he always comes from “Nothing” what that “nothing” happens to be only changes to make it work better with the setting of the game.

  49. DeeeFoo
    December 22, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    So based on what you said, Zelda is always a princess because they’re all descendants of each other, and the royal family makes it a custom to name the princess Zelda, and that’s why Zelda’s role is so consistent across the games.

    That being said, does the role of Link have any such limitations within the lore? Or is Link able to reincarnate as just about anyone of any background?

  50. Mango
    December 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Zelda is always a princess because they’re all descendants of each other, and at the beginning of the timeline it’s a huge coincidence that they’re all named Zelda, and then at the very end of one of the branches of the timeline, it becomes a custom to name every princess “Zelda.” However, Zelda only need be a princess in games set after AoL, all that she requires to be “Zelda” is a direct blood relation to the true Hylian Royal Family, the family descended from SS Zelda.

    Link can reincarnate, assuming he does “reincarnate” (it’s not 100% clear), into any background, but it seems to almost always be a humble background.

  51. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    December 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Linkle was shit

  52. Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson
    December 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I didn’t say it was a good idea. But it certainly wasn’t to appeal to SJWs.