Outside of the Super Mario Bros series, the Legend of Zelda might be the second most recognizable gaming franchise in gaming history, with its newest entry Breath of the Wild hitting store shelves last year to astronomic critical acclaim and commercial success. With the development timeline for Breath of the Wild starting towards the begin of this decade, and considering many Nintendo platforms normally only see one mainline Zelda entry in its life cycle, its understandable for consumers to think the next entry in the storied fantasy series is still relatively far down the road; but according to Game Informer editor Imran Khan, we may be seeing the Hero of Hyrule return sooner rather than later.
In this past week’s Game Informer Show podcast (embedded below at the corresponding timestamp), Ben Hanson, Kyle Hillard, Brian Shea, Suriel Vazquez and Imran Khan sat down to talk about a number of topics, mostly revolving around their newest gameplay impressions from the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate. While touching on various topics, the group brings up views on when the next Zelda entry could be. While Hanson thinks the next entry could be a co-op game in the similar vein of Triforce Heroes, Imran responds “I was just thinking what should I say about that. The next Zelda will probably be sooner than we think.” When pushed for more information, he continued saying “I will talk to you guys off camera about stuff”, in a hesitant manner.
Triforce Heroes, which released in October 2015, is one of the first co-op oriented Zelda games to hit a Nintendo console in a decade, and while it received mixed reviews critically overall, fans and critics alike praised its multiplayer component. Since then, the team has remained somewhat quiet, leading fans and members of the media to insinuate that they may possibly be working on a new title for Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch. When asked to confirm that the Triforce Heroes team was involved in the upcoming Zelda project, Imran timidly responded “Um, not exactly.”
Since its initial run of DLC ended this past December, fans have been craving for more Breath of the Wild content, whether it be in the form of DLC or even a Majora’s Mask style sequel. With Nintendo posting a recent job opening for a Zelda-related position, which for all intents and purposes looks to be a replacement hiring, many signs point to the next epic battle between Ganon and Link to save Hyrule is well under way. We could even possibly see the franchise return to its 2D roots with a reimagining entry, such as the long rumored remake of Link’s Awakening (albeit on the Nintendo 3DS). Either way, we know that the long running series of fantasy adventure will inevitably return to the console, and we can only hope sooner rather than later.
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