Aonuma Wants Next Zelda To “Provide Surprises That Exceed Everyone’s Expectations”

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Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma wants to keep providing surprises with the next Zelda, and is aware of the significance of continuing the franchise.

That’s what Aonuma said in recent interview in the June issue of Nikkei Trendy, as covered by website Japanese Nintendo.

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In the interview with Nikkei Trendy, Aonuma talked about the reception of Breath of the Wild, and the future of the series. According to the Zelda producer, the ‘reform’ to an open-air Zelda surprised players, and exceeded their expectations – a thing that Aonuma wants to accomplish with the next Zelda as well.

“First of all I think the point that ‘this is a Zelda’ is big. It’s a series that has been continuing for a long time, if I am to put it in words then perhaps everyone would have thought it’s not that simple to do a ‘reform’.

Furthermore, that reform causes a ‘surprise’ to all our users who have played Zelda until now, since it exceeds their imaginations by a bit, and I think perhaps that’s why they, including the media, have welcomed it with the ‘zeal’.

It’s not an easy thing to be able to answer expectations of all our users, but through this game, I recognized again that the significance of continuing to create the series is right there, so in the future I’d like to repeat doing “great fusses*” and provide ‘surprises’ that exceed everyone’s expectations.”

Zelda Breath of the Wild was released back in March of this year alongside the Nintendo Switch, and it will take quite some time before we see a new Zelda installment. Still, it’s encouraging that Aonuma is already talking about a new Zelda game.

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