Nintendo recently listed a job application for a level designer, presumably for the next Zelda game. The job posting, which is entirely in Japanese, discusses dungeon planning and design as well as game production.
While Breath of the Wild is only a little more than a year old, this is a pretty definitive sign that Nintendo is working on the next game in the Legend of Zelda franchise. This job posting is also an interesting deviation due to the fact that Breath of the Wild abandoned the traditional dungeon format of many of the Zelda games, instead opting for a more open environment. This job posting could be a hint that the next game is going to return to the series’ original roots.
While Breath of the Wild was largely successful and received rave reviews, a few critics did voice concerns that it didn’t feel like a Legend of Zelda game. Whether or not these criticisms will have any impact on the next Zelda game in the series has yet to be seen, but this job listing could mean that it has influenced Nintendo to take a more conservative approach on the next game.
That being said, it will be hard to make anything more than educated guesses as to what this game will look like. Even if the game is already under development, it could be years before we see gameplay and even longer for a release.
The game will almost certainly be a Switch exclusive, as by that time it will have been out long enough to fully transition Nintendo off of the Wii U. Additionally, considering how popular Breath of the Wild made the Switch, it would make sense to limit this release to a console-specific launch.
Do you agree that Zelda games need more traditional dungeons? Are you ready for the next Legend of Zelda game, or are you still happily playing Breath of the Wild? What would you like to see in the next Zelda game?
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