Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom have ushered in a new era of Zelda games, and it sounds as though Nintendo has no intention of reversing course.
Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda series, recently discussed the potential of returning to the style of previous entries. However, at present, there are no concrete plans in place.
No Return to Classic Zelda on the Table
Aonuma stated in an interview with RTL (via Nintendoeverything) Nieuws that Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom were Zelda Games made possible because of their foundations. However, Nintendo’s approach differs from reflecting on past entries in the series, as they prioritize “looking ahead” to the future.
The interview excerpt is translated as follows:
The last two Zeldas are very different. Old fans sometimes cry out that they would prefer a classic, old-fashioned Zelda. Would you like to make that sometime?
Aonuma: It’s difficult to say anything about the future. That being said: thanks to previous Zelda games, a game like Tears of the Kingdom now exists. This game originated from the ideas that we had in the past. We always try to create something that offers more than previous titles. In that respect, we really aren’t concerned with our older games anymore. We prefer to look to the future.
Aonuma recently reiterated his previous statements made in another interview. He stated that Breath of the Wild has introduced a fresh format for the series to evolve from, and this trend continued with Tears of the Kingdom.
Tears of the Kingdom earned critical acclaim, as did its predecessor. Both titles have sold in the tens of millions of copies and have been major contributors to the continued success of Nintendo Switch.