The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might be one of the most creative video games in history. Nintendo's latest instalment in the iconic series has reimagined what it means to play as Link, and Breath of the Wild is often touted as the sort of game where things that look like they should be possible usually are, regardless of how complex they might be. That kind of enormous freedom has garnered Breath of the Wild a huge following of players constantly pushing the title to its limit, and the result is a vibrant world that feels as though it could actually exist.
One fan's trip to Japan might have confirmed that at least one part of Breath of the Wild actually does exist in the real world, however. A recent submission to Kotaku UK from an unnamed photographer shows a picture of a mountain on Japan's Sado Island, and the rock formation will look extraordinarily similar to players who have sunk a lot of time into Breath of the Wild's world. Check out the real world picture compared with what appears to be the homage paid to it in Breath of the Wild:
While the two pictures aren't an exact match - Breath of the Wild's Dueling Peaks is a mountain that has been entirely split down the middle, for instance, while the one on Sado Island is only split a third of the way down - it's close enough that it seems very likely the Breath of the Wild development team took a trip to Sado Island at some point to look for inspiration. At the very least, it's close enough to one of the most iconic landmarks in Breath of the Wild that it wouldn't be surprising to see the island become a mecca of sorts for diehard fans of the latest Legend of Zelda adventure.
The person behind the photo, who chose to remain anonymous, also offered up a challenge to fans of Breath of the Wild, wondering aloud whether or not "there are lots more Dueling Peaks or other Zelda-esque locations around the world" before suggesting that players being taking photos of those places for others to see. Given just how life-like the world of Breath of the Wild is, it wouldn't be surprising to find out many of its most impressive geographical oddities had roots in the real world.
Given that Breath of the Wild released two months ago and is still one of the most popular games in the world, it's likely that if there are other real world locations with ties to the game that they will be discovered quickly. It doesn't seem like the global obsession with the Wii U and Switch title will be ending any time soon, either, as Breath of the Wild's first DLC is due out soon and will likely rope some players back in rather than see some finally depart the newest iteration of Hyrule.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Switch and Wii U.
Source: Kotaku UK