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News video games 12 December 2023, 15:25

author: Adrian Werner

New Zelda Will Not Use Innovative Mechanic From Tears of the Kingdom

Tears of the Kingdom closed this chapter of The Legend of Zelda series. The next installment will be something completely new.

Source: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year. Despite this, the game's developers have no plans for a direct sequel or even a reuse of the game's most interesting mechanics.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was a rare - for the series - direct sequel to an earlier title (in this case Breath of the Wild). However, we should not expect further development of this installment. Producer Eiji Aonuma revealed in an interview with Game Informer, that the next Zelda will be a completely new game.
  2. As Aonuma explains, Tears of the Kingdom was already a sequel, using the world and many elements of its predecessor, and creating a sequel to a sequel would be a strange move.
  3. In Tears of the Kingdom the devs have fully exploited the potential of this incarnation of the brand and no longer see room for further development. This is why the game will not receive any DLCs - the developers have already put everything they wanted in the game.
  4. While the creation of a completely new game as another incarnation of the brand is not a special surprise (it's a standard for the series), much more surprising is the developers' declaration that they also have no plans to reuse ultrahand mechanics. This solution, introduced in Tears of the Kingdom enables the protagonist to construct a variety of machines and equipment from environmental elements. It was the biggest innovation of the game, and it delighted with its ingenuity and how well it all worked.
  5. Aonuma explains that he wants every installment of Zelda give the impression of a unique work. If ultrahand mechanics returned in the next title, players would see the game as a successor to Tears of the Kingdom, rather than as an entirely new project.

A remake of Ocarina of Time? No comment

In the interview, Eiji Aonuma was also asked about rumors regarding a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. However, the producer only laughed and replied "no comment."

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released in May, this year. The game is available only on Nintendo Switch.

The game was met with an exceptionally enthusiastic reception, receiving an average rating of 96% on Metacritic.

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.