The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been nothing short of a critical and commercial success since its release back in March, managing to garner a record number of perfect reviews and enviable sales numbers for Nintendo. Needless to say, a follow-up title will have a Death Mountain-sized task ahead of it in order to be a worthy successor to Link’s latest adventure. But according to famed Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, fans will be in for quite a wait before the Hero of Time returns for his next journey.
In a new interview, Aonuma was asked about plans for a follow-up title to Breath of the Wild, to which he replied that the development team are still far from thinking about a new game at the moment. The producer states that there are no current plans for a future Zelda, and he and the team are still in the very early stages of gathering ideas for a sequel, a process he says that will take a long period of time.
“We have no plans for a future Zelda, we are still far from all this unfortunately for you. Today, I’m at a stage where I’m trying to gather a number of ideas for a sequel, but I cannot do it alone. It’s a lot of work that will have to be done over a long period of time, and we’re still far from having planned anything. Leave us a little time…”
Given the long five-year development period required to make Breath of the Wild, which only went gold in February just weeks before its worldwide launch, it’s no surprise that Aonuma and the Zelda development team are far from thinking about a new game at the moment, especially with all the post-release support and content still to come.
Having just released the Master Trials DLC pack and with a slate of additional content still coming throughout the rest of 2017, including the second Champion’s Ballad DLC pack, the Zelda development team are undoubtedly too busy with the post-launch support for Breath of the Wild to even think about a sequel at the moment. Even if production on a new title is underway, it will be a number of years before fans will hear any news given the five years it took to develop both Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild.
While there will be a long wait before a proper follow-up title to Breath of the Wild arrives, the upcoming Champion’s Ballad DLC pack means there is still much to do in Link’s current adventure in the Hyrule open world. And hopefully it will hold fans over for at least a little while longer until the next Zelda game arrives.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now available for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.