Next Legend of Zelda Game Could Launch Sooner Than Expected (RUMOR)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shattered the image of what a handheld game could do. With over ten million sales, the title captivated fans across the world both young and veteran. New reports indicate that the next Zelda title could be ready to take the world by storm sooner than expected.
According to Game Informer editor Imran Khan, the next Legend of Zelda title could arrive in the very near future. We knew that Nintendo had begun working on the next installment, but their progress remains a mystery. In the Game Informer podcast, Khan provided a cryptic message on the franchise’s future.
“I was just thinking what I should say about that. The next Zelda will probably be sooner than we think… I will talk to you guys off camera about stuff.”
A realistic timeframe slots the next release for late 2019 or 2020. Sooner than expected implies it may come early to mid 2019. That kind of turnaround could indicate a different sort of title similar to Tri Force Heroes, or another 3D remake of a classic title. Khan waved off the former by stating “Not exactly,” though declined to elaborate.
Without knowing his sources, we can only speculate on what that entails. Fans can hope for a sequel to Breath of the Wild, though Nintendo has yet to confirm or deny that possibility. They can, however, expect Hidemura Fujibayashi, the game’s director, to be involved in any future project. He has “lots of ideas and lots of motivation” regarding the beloved franchise. Given how amazing Breath of the Wild turned out, Nintendo would be foolish to let him move away from the series.
Historically, development for The Legend of Zelda games varies from lightning quick to painfully prolonged. Four years passed between The Adventure of Link and A Link to the Past. Five years separated Link’s Awakening and Ocarina of Time. However, players saw seven Zelda titles drop from 2000 until 2004. We’ve also been treated to four games since 2015, although two were remakes. Nonetheless, considering Nintendo figures to stick to the Nintendo Switch for some time, a quick turnaround makes sense.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).