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Zelda's Eiji Aonuma Has a 'Trick' to Help Open World Narratives

Open world games can be somewhat challenging for cohesive storytelling. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild changing to an open world format, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said that he was aware of the narrative issues, but has something up his sleeve to deal with the issue.

"He knows the secret of how to do it," Shigeru Miyamoto said in a Game Informer video interview, referencing Aonuma sitting next to him. Aonuma agreed, saying "There is a little bit of a trick that I implemented this time. This idea is something I've had since I started developing games 20-some odd years ago. So I really want you to look forward to playing the game and finding this something that I put in there."

Aonuma even hinted that some of the trailers that had been released included story snippets that fans may have overlooked. Unfortunately, neither wanted to go into any more detail, but were happy to wax philosophically about narrative driven games. 

"When you're playing a game, the story is there to give the big world you're in some substance and meat," Miyamoto said. "And because you're the protagonist in the game, that's what you should be doing. I think, also, when a story is set too strictly already, you can only follow a certain path. There's also times where it takes so much time to set up the story, that you just want to get into the gameplay, but you can't because there's so much setup."

Of course, Miyamoto quickly clarified that this wasn't the case with Breath of the Wild, to which Aonuma readily agreed. But he added that in games like Ocarina of Time, where players had to be introduced to four girls, storytelling was an important part of the way the game progressed.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to launch on March 3 alongside the Nintendo Switch. the game is also coming out for Wii U.

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