Breath of the Wild may be only just over a month away, but Zelda fans – like myself – are very hard to completely satisfy, and you know it’ll only be a matter of time until we wonder what the future of the series will bring.
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, in an interview with Eurogamer about Breath of the Wild, was asked about the possibility of ever playing as Zelda in a future series entry. Back in 2014, after the E3 reveal of the game for Wii U, it was suspected that Link may be female in what would become Breath of the Wild. While this turned out to be false, it did spark conversation at Nintendo according to Aonuma:
“I seem to remember three years ago when we showed the first trailer at E3, I said something along the lines of “I never said that Link would necessarily be male” or something along those lines, and that got taken out of context and turned into a rumour that took on a life of its own. Link has always been portrayed as a male character as the protagonist of the games.”
Continuing on, Aonuma said:
“After that happened actually, we did discuss in the team about whether or not we should have a female protagonist. I spoke to Mr. Miyamoto about it and the whole team talked about it, but in the end, it just didn’t happen.”
So we know that it was considered during development on Breath of the Wild. What about a future main Zelda game, though? On this topic, Aonuma replied in a way which will give hope to those who would like the Princess, a female version of Link (Linkle? Just throwing it out there) or some other female character to be the main playable focus:
“… looking to the future, talking about the possibility of having a playable female protagonist, I’d say yes, it’s a possibility.”
How about it? Would a Zelda game where you play as Zelda herself appeal to you, or do you have different ideas? Back in 2014, Eiji Aonuma talked more about the subject of Zelda as a playable character, so you can check that out as well if you like.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases on both Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3rd. You can see the fellow Nintendo Switch launch titles here!