Its been revealed that highly popular The Legend of Zelda series will likely remain open world after the phenomenal success of its most recent entry Breath of the Wild.
In an interview with Famitsu, the Zelda series producer was asked whether the franchise would retain the ‘open-air concept’ used in Breath of the Wild, or would return to its traditional gated dungeon progression. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“From now on,” Aonuma explained, “this will probably be the standard form. However, eventually that in itself could become seen as ‘Zelda as usual’, and we would start to hear opinions this way and that way. This has always been the case, and the result of what we have made is ‘Zelda’.”
Interestingly, Breath of the Wild itself was stated to have been influenced by the original game, which aimed to be a world that players could freely explore in whatever manner they deemed fit.
The open world structure clearly worked for Breath of the Wild and will be a huge factor to take into consideration for GOTY 2017.
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