As mentioned in the Hyrule Weekly entry last week – which proposed a Fallen Hero theory – this week is all about the community!
Over the past days, Hyrule Weekly asked the Zelda-anticipating populace what they were most looking forward to doing in Breath of the Wild. We got a great response; the answers varied a lot in both scale and nature (a lot of you want to burn stuff, which we’ll get to). Let’s see what you had to say!
We had a large amount of people saying how excited they were to simply explore Hyrule. The game almost instantly presents you with the opportunity to go in any direction, and this is understandably tantalising. Just some of the people especially looking forward to this explain why below:
Tanuki Bridge Staff Writer Demelza Ward: “I am looking forward to climbing the highest mountains and looking down upon Hyrule, before jumping off and gliding to my next adventure.”
Kathryn Cuiriz: “Exploring, discovering the towns and the new silly characters that live in them. Capturing horses.”
Ethan Brannon: “Exploring but more specifically finding the different shrines and fighting a guardian for the first time and failing miserably. Also cooking and paragliding. I can’t wait”
Markus Heikkilä: “Finding hundreds of new planets, building outposts and trade hubs on them, constructing an intergalactic zoo and interacting with thousands of fellow players!” [Doesn’t look like Link is going to space in this game, Markus. Though, Zelda Galaxy has suddenly become appealing to me -Will].
Footage of Breath of the Wild has been hinting at a very emotional story, with the destruction of Hyrule playing a big part in it. We – remarkably – know very little thus far, but the Switch Presentation trailer in particular showed some hard-hitting moments.
You’re very much invested in finding out more, it turns out! The likes of Jon Iredale, Kyle Moore and Tom Hoefner noted how story was a big draw for them, while Joseph Hughes explained how the aforementioned trailer got him more interested:
“I’m stoked for the story and characters. I was sorta luke warm until the presentation where they showed these characters might have real depth to them. Its one of the reasons I’ve been steering clear of spoilers as much as possible.”
It’s not just about the story itself, though. How the pacing of the game is handled within the expansive game world is going to be crucial, as Eino Anttila points out:
“Balanced ratio of moment to moment gameplay, side stuff, exploration and story. Hope they nail the pacing.”
The Quirky Stuff
Zelda‘s always had a lot of extra moments hidden away that could be entirely missed, but when found, add a whole lot to the story. These vary from touching side quests to bizarre characters like Tingle, and the community is hoping we get a few more quirky features in Breath of the Wild. A few of your hopes and dreams are listed below (if you think any of these are unusual, wait until the next section):
Ivan Lescanec: “I want to set the controller down to check something on my phone, and have Link be standing in just the right spot to see a little animation or sound in the environment that I would have never noticed otherwise because Nintendo.”
Carl DeNovio: “Killing and eating the entire animal population of Hyrule.”
Alec Tyler Baldwin: “Side quests honestly and hopefully a new amazing ost” [Music is a great shout!]
Tyler Kincaid: “Becoming the #1 Shield Surfer NA “
There seems to be a contingent of players really looking forward to using the physics systems in Breath of the Wild. Okay, by that, we mean set everything on fire – ala our very own Editor Josh Stevens:
“I can’t wait to explore the vast Hyrule Field, testing the limitations of what I can and cannot do – and what objects in the world are and aren’t flammable”
Gonoku Takafo seemed particularly happy about the prospect:
“Put everything on fire obviously” / “Put fire in every single thing counts?”
Actually, there’s a very large amount of people planning to make Hyrule their fiery domain. It could even be seen as slightly worrying.
Evan Conley: “Running around in my underwear burning hyrule to the ground. You?”
Gilbert Herrera: “Can we burn the horse and turn it into horse meat?”
Michael Bergman: “Just exploring. Checking every corner. Burning every bush.”
Michael Hands: “finding places to just wonder and take awe at in the world…
Wait, this one is nice!
… and then either surfing or setting it on fire…”
The Real Answer
We’ve had a lot of great responses here, covering a wide range of topics. However, there is only one real answer to the question of what we’re going to do when the new Zelda title turns up, and that answer comes via Landon Tyler Cook:
“Probably just cry because the Zelda of my dreams exist”
I think there might be a lot of that come March, if Breath of the Wild is as magnificent as we hope.
That’s this edition of Hyrule Weekly wrapped up! Thanks to the many people who responded, and sorry if you didn’t get featured; we had a lot of replies, and they have to be filtered down somehow.
It’s less than two weeks until Breath of the Wild now (can you believe it?), so there’s only 1 more scheduled Hyrule Weekly left before it launches! What could we have in store? Come back next week to see! You can see what Demelza – who appeared earlier in this piece – thought of the Zelda demo at the Nintendo Switch Premiere Event here!