The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma talks about what’s next for the Zelda franchise after Breath of the Wild, teasing that the next game could be 2D.
Years of development and numerous delays later, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally nearing its release date. Fans have been waiting for a new Zelda adventure on the scale of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild since Skyward Sword launched for the Wii six years ago. And since the game is also ushering in the era of the Nintendo Switch, its launch feels like a special event. While many fans are waiting patiently for their chance to play Breath of the Wild, it seems as though Nintendo’s already looking forward to what’s next for the series.
In an interview with Game Informer, The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma spoke about what form the next Zelda game for the Nintendo Switch could take. Aonuma pointed out that the team behind the 3DS Zelda games, which creates 2D titles like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, is separate from the team that worked on Breath of the Wild. In the interview, Aonuma teased that since the handheld team hasn’t been busy developing Breath of the Wild, it could already be working on Link’s next Nintendo Switch adventure.
“Yes, there is definitely a possibility,” Aonuma said when asked if there’s a chance the handheld Zelda team was developing a game for the Nintendo Switch.
Considering the popularity of The Legend of Zelda franchise, it’s no surprise that Nintendo is already working on the next entry in the series. However, it may be surprising for some to learn that the handheld Zelda team is working on a game for the Nintendo Switch, since Nintendo insists that the Switch is not a 3DS replacement. Even if a 2D Zelda game is in development for the Switch, though, it doesn’t mean that same game couldn’t also release for the 3DS.
After all, the scale of a 2D Zelda game would likely be much smaller than the massive open world Hyrule that players are free to explore in Breath of the Wild. It’s possible that any 2D Zelda game currently in development could launch for both Nintendo Switch and the 3DS, especially since we’re already seeing examples of games releasing for both systems, as is the case with Fire Emblem Warriors, for instance.
We likely won’t know for awhile if the next Zelda on Switch will be a 2D game, especially since Nintendo has yet to even launch Breath of the Wild. And with Nintendo planning a season pass for Breath of the Wild consisting of one expansion pack releasing in the summer and another during the holidays, it makes it even less likely that concrete info on the next Zelda will come this year.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on March 3rd for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.