Shigeru Miyamoto and Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma answer 51 questions about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, reiterating that Link won’t talk in the game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is poised to deliver many evolutionary steps forward for the the critically-acclaimed franchise, but one of the most talked about is its inclusion of voice acting. Some fans have been skeptical about adding voice acting to the series, but those worried that it will change the feel of the Zelda experience too much should rest easy knowing that Link won’t speak a full sentence in the game.
This is according to The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma (joined by Shigeru Miyamoto), who confirmed as much in an interview with Game Informer that included 51 rapid-fire questions about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo in general. In the interview, Aonuma was asked if Link speaks a full sentence during the events of the game, to which he simply responded, “No.”
Nintendo previously confirmed that Link won’t talk in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it’s possible that the company is trying to mislead fans so that, if and when Link does talk in the game, it comes as a big surprise. After all, one of the other questions in the interview was whether or not Breath of the Wild has any surprises in store for fans, and Aonuma claims it does. Even if Link doesn’t speak a full sentence in the game, he could yell out a single word or something along those lines for an emotional moment at some point in the story.
Of course, it’s also possible that Aonuma is telling the truth, and Link doesn’t speak at all in Breath of the Wild. This shouldn’t come as a shock for fans, especially since Link has been mute since he was first introduced to the gaming world back in the 1980s on the NES. However, if fans respond positively to the voice acting from other characters in the game, perhaps Nintendo will give Link a voice in a future Zelda title.
In fact, we may see Link change dramatically in future Zelda games. There was quite a bit of excitement when fans thought that Link was female in Breath of the Wild, or that players would be able to choose Link’s gender. Considering all the buzz around that particular rumor, Nintendo may allow fans to choose between Link or his female counterpart Linkle in whatever Zelda game comes after Breath of the Wild.
The future of Zelda will be interesting, to say the least. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo is taking numerous risks with the franchise’s established formula, and the gambles that pay off could inform future Zelda titles for decades to come. While Link won’t be speaking in Breath of the Wild, don’t be surprised if the next Zelda on the Switch or another Nintendo console features a fully-voiced version of the beloved character.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on March 3, 2017 for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.