Legend of Zelda “Open-World May Become the Standard”


A recent interview with Hidemaro Fujibayashi – Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s director – has revealed that the title’s open-world elements could become “standard” for the Zelda series, certain to be regarded as a welcome change considering the raving reviews Breath of the Wild has garnered.

A quote from Fujibayashi during the interview regarding the game’s open-world design:

“We can’t really say much at the moment but there are lots of things in this current game design we still want to explore. If, as a result of that exploration, we feel positive we can provide our audience with new experiences it’s possible this design could become the standard.”

While this no doubt has some diehard Zelda fans overjoyed, many are hoping that this new potential direction doesn’t dramatically increase the wait time between titles – Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played via Nintendo Switch or Wii U now.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Shows how stupid he is if he seriously thinks the reason people like the new Zelda is primarily because of open world.

    Open world is nothing but a pointless pain up the ass by itself. It's what you put in that open world that makes it good or bad. He should be focusing on those elements that make it good, without relying on open world as a way to deliver and connect those elements.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're a fucking moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 05/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    He has a point, you don't. Fallout continues on because of the content the community makes for it even though there isn't much else going for it if you cut the community out.

    Open world is nice but if it ignores the sense of attachment the player has for it, then it's not gonna sell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Zelda is cute. CUTE!

    Cute butt, cute eyebrows, cute ears,

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    Comment by MARl0
    12:52 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I certainly don't mind. Breath of the Wild was amazing. It set the standard for open world games going forward.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The standard for open world games was set long ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 06/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    He means that it has set a new standard.And it has.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:37 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    By who? Elder Scrolls? lmao Those games are so fucking ugly and glitch-ridden, I'd like to play something that feels like it wasn't a high school project

    Comment by Anonymous

    Then of play empy-as-fuck BOTW

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh. I'd be disappointed considering BOTW is more Skyrim than Zelda, but honestly I only enjoyed the overhead Zeldas so it's in all honesty not that big of a loss to me.

    My condolences to everyone who loved the traditional 3rd person Zeldas though.

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    Comment by Megashell
    18:57 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hay i dont mind, just make it more diverse, clones are never good.
    Just dont forget out linear toon link please.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This is a little bit disappointing to me...

    As a game, breath of the wild was fine, but it wasn't really a zelda game other than the fact that you're playing a character named link and you're saving a character named zelda.

    I may be in the minority, but I would prefer if they went back to having a story that you progress through where you get stronger/new items/abilities as you get farther in the game. Because you basically have everything from the beginning in breath of the wild, it felt much more like it was a grind to get more hearts/stamina/armor, and I am pretty unlikely to replay this game like I have with pretty much every other zelda title...

    Luckily, monster hunter is coming to the switch, so it wasn't a waste of money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I too enjoyed how older Zelda games had you gaining new powers and learning how to use them in clever ways.

    I haven't tried Breath of the Wild yet, mostly because I really hated Skyward Sword in general and I don't like the sound/look of the open world in this game.

    Switch having Unity and Unreal Engine 4 support probably means at least a few decent games down the line.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo can't win here
    Open World = "Not Zelda"
    Traditional slow progression through item upgrades = "Milking"

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should try a third choice... A Zelda metroidvania! LOL

    Comment by Anonymous

    I agree that BoTW was mostly riding the hype train and the open world does not compare to past games just more empty space and time spending running around. It is strange how people will say lack of story is like the original but this 2017 we can afford having a deep story and not limited by the hardware. A lot of people are just kind of pissed that the switch is just Will U with portable screen and games are reported junk,

    Comment by Anonymous

    switch will always be a waste of money, just like every piece of hardware nintendo produced since the wii debuted

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    Comment by Megashell
    23:35 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, seems like you didnt have a good childhood.

    Nintendo does it right 90% of the time.
    The WiiU was the only flop.
    They have learned and adapted and you know what, they WON. Switch is an amazing piece of hardware.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    WiiU the only Nintendo flop? I'm looking at you, VirtualBoy!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You clearly haven't seen Nintendo's new requirements for party chat.

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    Comment by Esfruj Esfifurz

    Well duh. It's 2017. Anything that is or resembles an RPG should always be open world. There's no excuse for churning out JRPGs.

    Comment by Anonymous


    The next TES will inevitably do it bigger and better... without frame drops, paid DLC hard mode, and broken weapons.

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    Comment by MARl0
    12:54 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're kidding right? The Elder Scrolls series is great, but they're also some of the most broken games on the market. And bigger doesn't always mean better when it comes to open world games (though ironically, Zelda did do it bigger, much much bigger).

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:17 04/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Daggerfall was bigger than Morrowind, but M>D imo.

    Comment by Anonymous

    open world sure inspired me to buy a wiiu/switch... oh wait

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for sharing, your opinion matters to us, please stand by as we send your reward in gift card form.

    Comment by Anonymous

    my opinion mattered enough to upset you, cockboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate how people seem to think that just having open world by itself magically makes a game good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 03/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thimk I'm having a deja-vu... Itsn't this what happened in the 2000*s after Shenmue's open city?

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