In just over a week, the long-awaited next chapter of Nintendo’s iconic series will finally experience The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alongside the release of the Nintendo Switch, while series creator Eiji Aonuma shared a few more insights into the development of the highly-anticipated title.
Speaking in an interview with Game Informer, The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma reflected on the development of the upcoming Breath of the Wild while also sharing some insights into the game’s development towards release. Specifically, Aonuma talked about several games that he played during research for Breath of the Wild, which included the Far Cry series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Aonuma addressed that “in the past, I didn’t play many video games,” adding that “nowadays, I actually play a lot of overseas titles.” After playing the titles previously mentioned (and many others), Aonuma explained that “while playing those games, I do find some ideas, but it’s not that it connects directly to Zelda to where I would take something and use it in Zelda, but it’s more of something I keep in the back of my head while developing the game.”
Alongside the titles that Aonuma played during the development of Breath of the Wild, he also expressed great admiration for The Last Guardian, which he said was one of the few titles he was able to play in 2016. Specifically, Aonuma said that he and creator Fumito Ueda “go back,” and that Ueda sent Aonuma a copy of the game during its completion. Aonuma added that “it was actually a really busy time so I shouldn’t have been playing the game, but I just couldn’t resist, and it was really good.”
Aonuma expressed in the interview that while there isn’t a ton of direct correlation between The Last Guardian and Breath of the Wild, he did share that “flying in the sky is very similar to paragliding” between both titles, and added that “it kind of made me like, we’re friends, and we’re kind of doing a similar thing.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release for Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3rd, 2017.