The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is just a couple of weeks away from releasing and Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma recently spoke with Game Informer about the title, as well as the possibility of a 2D game appearing on the upcoming Switch in the future.
First off, Game Informer asked Aonuma if Nintendo had ever considered merging the Breath of the Wild team with the team responsible for the 3DS Zeldas. Aonuma replied with the following:
“The dev pace is not really dependent on how many people are on a team, so combining them would not necessarily expedite the development pace. The 3DS team and the Wii U team have different approaches to game development, so I don’t necessarily want to combine them and have them think together, but rather have each think about what they can bring to Nintendo Switch from their own perspective.”
“The handheld development team will not be phased out because of Nintendo Switch. Switch will allow the users to bring their home console on the go, but this doesn’t mean handheld game development like Nintendo 3DS will be discontinued.”
Additionally, Aonuma was also asked if there was any prospect that the 3DS Zelda teams would be making a new entry in the series for the Switch, to which he replied, “Yes, there is definitely a possibility.”
Regarding the 2D Zelda titles and their gameplay, Aonuma had the following to say:
“There are definitely good things about the 2D world and the playstyles of the 2D world. There are a lot of fans who enjoy that style. This Nintendo Switch style, which is the evolved style of gameplay is not necessarily… I want you to think of it more as an evolved style of 2D style. For the 3DS team, I am trying to make them think in a more evolved 2D-style approach.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release for the Nintendo Switch and the Wii U on March 3rd, 2017.