It’s already been two weeks since the release of Hyrule Warriors in Japan, and in addition to promptly fixing bugs and adding small updates, it looks like Koei Tecmo are staying close to the fan base on Twitter.
They recently shed a little light on a tentative female Link character—referred to as “Linkle”—that was included in the Hyrule Warriors artbook in Japan. You can see an image of her above.
Here’s what Koei Tecmo said in their latest tweet: “Linkle (tentative name) was a rejected story character featured in the art book, but it looks like she got a quite lot of attention… maybe we should have included her in the main story…”
Note: Linkle’s description in the above image describes her as “The hero Link’s girl version. She was [originally] planned to be Link’s younger sister.”
This is not the first time that the idea of a female depiction of Link has been brought up. Speaking with Edge magazine, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma commented on the fact that the Link shown in trailer for the new Legend of Zelda on Wii U looked somewhat effeminate.
Aonuma remarked, “Rather unexpectedly, after I mentioned that no one had explicitly said that it was Link [in the trailer], this speculation spread online and seems to have led to the idea that the main character will be a girl.”
He added, “However, this reaction from the fans is something I would like to take into consideration as we proceed with development—although that doesn’t mean that we are going to change the main character to a girl.”
Meanwhile, in a tweet prior to the one above, Koei Tecmo stated: “Hyrule Warriors is expected to get its 1.2.0 update on September 1. We’ll have a [more] major update for it sometime after, but what if (with a lot of emphasis on the ‘what if’) we said ‘a playable character will be added’. Who would you like to see?”
Hyrule Warriors is slated for release on September 19 in Europe and September 26 in North America for Wii U.
Image courtesy Inside Games.