Nintendo Is Already Working On The Next Zelda Game

The Breath of the Wild development team has already begun work on the Hero of Time's next adventure.

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Now that the award-winning Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild experience has drawn to a close with the release of DLC pack 2 titled The Champions' Ballad, the development team over at Nintendo have already begun work on the next game in the Legend of Zelda series.

This information comes via Source Gaming, who received word from Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma that work on the next game in the series is already underway:

No big surprises there, really. Breath of the Wild is an incredible experience, and certainly one of the three most successful games in the current Nintendo Switch library. It won Game of the Year at this year's Game Awards, and is widely hailed as one of the best games in a series already known for groundbreaking action and design. It goes without saying that the game would eventually be succeeded by another entry to the series; we just didn't necessarily know that work on the next title would begin so soon.

We're not mad, though; doubtless few players would be, especially if the next game in the Legend of Zelda series is even half as good as Breath of the Wild has been. We don't know anything about the new title, of course, outside of the fact that it's currently being developed, but Switch players and Zelda fans alike are certainly getting amped up to learn more about the new title.

For those still getting their fill of Breath of the Wild's peerless exploration and dungeon solving, be sure to check out our complete Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC walkthrough and guide. And for those who may be new to the game, Shacknews also has plenty of great information on the base game featured over on our Breath of the Wild guide and walkthrough.

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    December 18, 2017 11:30 AM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Nintendo Is Already Working On The Next Zelda Game

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      December 18, 2017 11:37 AM

      That is good news. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!

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        December 18, 2017 11:38 AM

        Yes I also am quite pleased to hear this!

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      December 18, 2017 11:39 AM

      Hopefully with twice as many shrines, half as much story, and more rain.

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        December 18, 2017 11:42 AM

        The entire game will actually become a noir thriller one night in Hyrule that is raining.

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          December 18, 2017 6:16 PM

          One Night in Hyrule is an A+ title.

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        December 18, 2017 2:52 PM

        but that's like.......the things I DONT want.

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        December 18, 2017 3:53 PM

        and one hit weapons

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        December 18, 2017 6:33 PM

        fwiw the shrines in DLC 2 are fantastic.

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          December 18, 2017 6:34 PM

          I've never minded the shrines. Some are ho-hum; others are very fun puzzles to solve.

          But the vitriol towards them fascinates me. People are mad at these orange boulders, so mad.

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            December 18, 2017 6:37 PM

            I liked them initially but they ended up being kinda boring. But the game is so vast and there’s so much to do it’s nbd if you don’t do many. I believe I did half in the base game.

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        December 18, 2017 8:58 PM

        Rain won't matter half way through the game when you finally get the hookshot.

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      December 18, 2017 11:40 AM

      Release date: The next console they release.

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        December 18, 2017 11:43 AM

        I wouldn't be surprised, although if they reuse the engine and most of the assets we might see something in like 2020. Probably coincide with a mid-gen hardware revision.

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          December 18, 2017 11:50 AM

          That makes the most sense to me. Something they can use to show off the new hardware sort of like Horizon Zero Dawn and the PS4 Pro.

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      December 18, 2017 11:40 AM

      Shocking. Hopefully it will come out before their next system.

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      December 18, 2017 11:42 AM

      I'd like it to be something a little more traditional. I know I'm pretty much alone here, but I did not enjoy the giant sandbox style game in my Zelda.

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        December 18, 2017 11:44 AM

        I think if it had real, identifiably different dungeons that would go a long way. I think something sandboxy in the way that ALBW was sandboxy would be best.

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          December 18, 2017 4:04 PM

          yep big open world would be nice. its everything else that needs to be fixed

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        December 18, 2017 2:50 PM

        I didn't love it either.

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      December 18, 2017 11:44 AM

      I wonder if it would even be for the Switch or we talking about the Switch 2 for the next Zelda.

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        December 18, 2017 11:46 AM

        I hope it's another Zelda for the switch in the same engine as BOTW. Just doing BOTW 2 is fine with me, even if it's not called that.

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          December 18, 2017 8:26 PM

          I really hope it isn't. BOTW is amazing, but it's also missing many series elements that I would very much like to see return (prominent music, big dungeons, varied bosses, tools, etc). And I definitely want a new engine. The BOTW engine was built for Wii U, and it shows in the visuals and performance.

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      December 18, 2017 11:46 AM

      I'm sure they started all the preliminary work as soon as BOTW was mostly done

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      December 18, 2017 11:47 AM

      Big dungeons, good puzzles, permanent weapons. Please and thank you.

      I loved botw, but I do not want botw2.

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        December 18, 2017 8:30 PM

        I really like the ephemeral weapons and the variety and unpredictability it forces on you. I'd like dungeons to bestow something permanent, but not weapons.

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      December 18, 2017 11:48 AM

      I hope the dungeons are side scrolling like Zelda 2.

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      December 18, 2017 12:02 PM

      For reference, they started work on Breath Of The Wild right after they shipped Skyward Sword.

      Hopefully the next one doesn’t take five years, I reckon that a lot of BOTW’s development time was R&D and design experimentation since they were upending so many things. If its using BOTW as a basic foundation then it might not be five years, if they’re table flipping again then RIP

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        December 18, 2017 12:25 PM

        they also started BOTW as a Wii U game then had to also port it so switch

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          December 18, 2017 12:40 PM

          Yeah, it would make sense that pulling the plug on Wii U pushed its release back a few more months on top of the one year delay it already had. Had the Wii U not tanked then it would have probably been a October/November 2016 release instead.

          The initial plan was to release in 2015, four years after Skyward Sword shipped. 2020 or 2021 seems like a reasonable time for the next one if they're using BOTW as a starting point, but we'll see.

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            December 18, 2017 12:43 PM

            That may also line up with the release of a Switch revision that uses mobile Volta parts or whatever NVidia releases after (if that's cheap enough to put in)

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      December 18, 2017 12:40 PM

      I'd like some more DLC, non shrine related.

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      December 18, 2017 12:45 PM

      pssst.... juice rumor for you... they're also working on the next Mario game!

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      December 18, 2017 1:31 PM

      What about a Link between Worlds sequel. They're not bound to 3D.

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        December 18, 2017 2:48 PM

        I would love to see the ALBW design mentality applied to a BotW like world.

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          December 18, 2017 4:34 PM

          I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the next step, either have item rentals or turn the Sheikah slate into even more of a Swiss Army knife than it already was (ie - it can function as a hookshot or spinner in certain zones)

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        December 18, 2017 3:41 PM

        Fuck yes

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        December 18, 2017 8:58 PM

        What about just porting that game to the Switch. :( I still haven't played it.

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      December 18, 2017 3:18 PM

      An adapted version of that internal 2D Zelda sandbox they made.

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      December 18, 2017 6:29 PM

      No Shit.

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      December 18, 2017 7:36 PM

      I don’t think it’s gonna be a 5 year cycle like everyone is suggesting .

      I think we are going to start seeing Nintendo taking a page from other publishers and releasing more regular sequels . A lot of the initial work is done and in place from BotW . There should be a lot of lessons learned and even reusable pieces that can cut that down to a year or two year dev cycle . That is if they want to deliver BotW 2 .

      If they want to redefine what a Zelda game is AGAIN then yes it’s gonna be a decade lol

      I’m hoping it doesn’t get deluded to an annual franchise but I wouldn’t complain about a Zelda game every two years .

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        December 18, 2017 8:52 PM

        I could see a 2D and a 3D team delivering something substantial every 2 years, giving each team 4 years for each game. But I doubt they would put out a new 3d game every year. DLC packs for BOTW at a regular schedule might work though.

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      December 18, 2017 9:16 PM

      I love BotW but I'd like an old fashioned Triforce hunt, fishing, and maybe Link doesn't need to be the only playable character? Would be fun to play as Zelda/Sheik, etc.