Game Rant interviews legendary game creator Shigeru Miyamoto, learning that the team behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has talked about a spin-off starring Sheik.
While many were skeptical of Nintendo only bringing one game to E3 2016, the company undoubtedly chose wisely with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The latest installment looks to push the series into a brand new era, thanks largely to the massive open world that’s prominently featured within it. Yes, Link is truly making a massive step forward this time around, but many are more concerned by one particular step that the protagonist hasn’t taken – the option to change Link’s gender.
During a recent interview between Game Rant and the creator of the franchise, Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s famed game developer explained why a female version of Link doesn’t exist within Breath of the Wild. Wanting to keep the existing vision for the character of Link intact, Miyamoto instead revealed that an entirely new game dedicated to an existing Zelda heroine could be a better option for those wanting to see a female protagonist take up the leading role. In fact, it’s something that the development team has already discussed.
So, who would take on the role of the main character in this hypothetical off-shoot? Potentially none other than Sheik, at least according to discussions amongst the Zelda development team.
“Within the development team, too, there have been talks about how it might be cool to have a game that features Sheik as a protagonist. It’s having maybe a Zelda spin-off with Sheik as a protagonist, for example, I don’t think that’s an impossibility.”
Originally making her debut in Ocarina of Time, fans of The Legend of Zelda will recognize Sheik as the alter ego of Princess Zelda. Outside of that debut title, though, she is also a rather popular fighter found within the Super Smash Bros. franchise and a playable protagonist in Hyrule Warriors. Suffice it to say, this ninja-like version of Hyrule’s Princess could radically change the way Zelda games are played, and it could make for a very different type of experience.
At this point in time, however, it sounds as if the team behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was simply bouncing the idea around to see if it was viable, and there’s no evidence at this point to suggest that it will become anything more than just a point of discussion amongst Nintendo staff. With that said, even Miyamoto stated that he doesn’t think it’s an impossibility.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to arrive on Wii U and NX at some point in 2017.