Nintendo and Scrap are partnering up to create a real-world Legend of Zelda escape room puzzle game so fans can finally live out their Hyrule fantasies.
Nintendo announced today that it is working with escape room company Scrap to create Defenders of the Triforce, a real-world escape room experience themed after the iconic Legend of Zelda franchise. Nintendo promises the experience will be different than other games in the escape room genre, incorporating items and characters from The Legend of Zelda to create a more immersive experience.
A press release from Nintendo details how the experience in Defenders of the Triforce will differ from typical escape room challenges. In lieu of the standard task of escaping from a locked room, players will attempt to solve mysteries within a specific time limit. According to Nintendo, there will be six players working together in a "huge area," as they call it.
"The experience will let guests interact with classic items and characters seen in The Legend of Zelda series like the Goron, Zora, and Kokiri tribes. Discovered items can be used to solve puzzles and move forward into other areas, just like in The Legend of Zelda games."
Even the event website asserts that Defenders of the Triforce isn't the usual escape room game.
"It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the Zelda franchise. There will be multiple teams in the event space all participating at the same time, and each team will have their own table to work at when not exploring."
Additionally, the website's FAQ lays out a few interesting rules, such as the ability to cosplay if a player feels so inclined, and the use of photography being allowed to capture clues.
Defenders of the Triforce is heading to eight cities around the United States, which will begin in January 2017. This is the schedule laid out so far:
- San Francisco – Jan. 31-Feb. 5
- Los Angeles – Feb. 10-12
- San Diego – Feb. 24-25
- Seattle – TBD
- Phoenix – TBD
- Houston – TBD
- Chicago – TBD
- New York – TBD
The event itself should last an estimated one and a half hours and ticket prices vary depending on when they are purchased. Early bird pricing starts at $36, with regular pricing bumping that up to $41, and $46 at the door. For more information on prices and scheduling, check out the event website.
Defenders of the Triforce could turn out to be an incredible experience for fans of The Legend of Zelda, which, at its core, is an escape room game series already. Traversing dungeons, solving puzzles, and unlocking rooms has been the name of the game since the 1980s. Of course, with Breath of the Wild most of what we know of traditional Zelda seems to be getting flipped on its head.
While many thought the world would find out what the newest game in the series had in store next March, it's presumed release date, Nintendo has officially denied it. Breath of the Wild still sits at a 2017 release window, but it likely won't be a Nintendo Switch launch title – however, a new Super Mario game just might. In regards to the Switch, mums the word from Nintendo until next year.
The next major event for the console is scheduled for January 12, 2017. Defenders of the Triforce will begin shortly after, at the end of January.