The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was truly a groundbreaking game for the Zelda series, bringing the previously non-linear gameplay into an almost completely free style that was coined as "open air". Still, the traditional Zelda formula is one that's still beloved by many fans of the series, and now that Breath of the Wild has changed things so radically, one wonders how future games are going to pan out. It seems that the open world format isn't going anywhere soon, if recent comments by Eiji Aonuma are anything to go by.
Famitsu recently got a chance to interview Aonuma following the massive success of Breath of the wild and one of the questions raised was where the developers would be taking the next Zelda. Aonuma indicated that the new style is here to stay, though he didn't say much more.
Famitsu: Making the next Zelda game might be more difficult if you choose to make it an open-air game. What will evolve open-air? How will you make future dungeons? What will the next Zelda title be like?
Aonuma: I think that, in the future, open air games will be the standard for Zelda.
It would be a shame to see the old Zelda completely disappear, but it seems that'll still be sticking around in some form. Also, let's not forget that Aonuma also said at one point that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's controls would become a standard, too…
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