Released back in March alongside the Nintendo Switch, the wildly-acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild quickly became one of the most talked about titles in the first half of 2017, while the game’s director has shared a few behind-the-scenes facts ahead of the upcoming expansions for the game coming this year.
In a blog post from the official Zelda website, game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi shared a few pieces of intriguing behind-the-scenes facts on the development of Breath of the Wild, as part of a daily series of blogs leading up to the release of the first DLC Pack for the game’s Expansion Pass.
Specifically, Fujibayashi shared that the Korok Mask – which will be included in the first DLC Pack alongside other wearable masks for Link – bears a clear resemblance to the appearance of the Koroks in 2002’s The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (which first released on GameCube, and was re-released for the Wii U in 2013).
Alongside the Korok Mask, Fujibayashi also explained that the Korok Seeds – which players can find 900 of in Breath of the Wild – originally started out as being rock-like objects that players were meant to discover throughout their adventure. He explained in the post that during development, the team thought that “it would be fun to discover something if it were placed at a location like this, don’t you think?”, and had initially hidden the rocks in various parts of the map, as you can see in the screenshot below.
However, the team quickly decided that “simply placing rocks somewhere isn’t intriguing or challenging enough to be rewarding,” with the development then shifting to the implementation of the Korok Seeds (and Koroks themselves) as collectibles for the player to find, and encourage players to explore the most remote parts of Hyrule. Even better was the fact that the stone that was originally going to be used happens to be an Easter egg for fans of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – it’s the pedestal that the Master Sword was contained in in that title.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Wii U and Nintendo Switch – the game’s first DLC Pack as part of the Expansion Pass will be available on June 30th, 2017.