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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Exists Because Nintendo Had "Too Many Ideas" For DLC

"We said, 'This is too many ideas, let's just make one new game and start from scratch.'"

One of Nintendo's biggest surprises at E3 2019 was the reveal of a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is coming to Nintendo Switch. Zelda games don't often get direct sequels like this, and BotW has already received some substantial downloadable content, so why not continue to expand the game with additional DLC? Now, series producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed some new insight into why Nintendo is making a standalone Breath of the Wild sequel.

Speaking to Kotaku, Aonuma said the development team had "too many ideas" for new DLC for the original Breath of the Wild, so the studio elected to make a sequel.

"When we released the DLC for Breath of the Wild, we realized that this is a great way to add more elements to the same world. But when it comes down to technical things, DLC is pretty much data--you're adding data to a preexisting title," Aonuma added. "And so when we wanted to add bigger changes, DLC is not enough, and that’s why we thought maybe a sequel would be a good fit.

"Initially we were thinking of just DLC ideas, but then we had a lot of ideas and we said, 'This is too many ideas, let's just make one new game and start from scratch.'"

The full interview touches on a number of other interesting subjects, including how overtime and crunch is handled on the Zelda development team. Read the full interview at Kotaku.

Aonuma isn't the only returning member of the Breath of the Wild development team, as game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi is also back in that role. Nintendo has also said the developers were inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2.

Earlier, Aonuma spoke to Game Informer about why the team wanted to make Breath of the Wild 2.

"One of the reasons we wanted to create a continuation was because I wanted to revisit that Hyrule again and use that world again, while incorporating new gameplay and new story," Aonuma said.

In addition to Aonuma, Breath of the Wild game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi will serve as the director on the Breath of the Wild sequel.

A lot of the details on the Breath of the Wild sequel are being kept under wraps for now, but the first teaser trailer gave us a lot to think about. Check out GameSpot's breakdown of the Breath of the Wild sequel trailer breakdown here to learn more.

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I really hope that they bring back dungeons to the new game.

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And thus the lie about Zelda Wii U comes full circle. Business as usual for Nintendo.

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So, like Galaxy 2 was being a mission pack sequel to SMG1? Oh boy...

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Excited to see what changes they’ll bring.

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I think this all hinges on "the world" he is so keen to 're-visit'.
I mean... if this is the same terrain, towns, and landmarks we've spent over 2 years combing our way though... well that's just not very interesting as a 'sequel'. What would be REALLY cool though is if they pull a page out of Link to the Past and you're in a Dark World version of Hyrule.

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This whole game will take place underground searching for Gannon's corpse like the trailer implied. We'll get a more personal look at him and his past through time travel events along the way and that is how they'll get around the issue with "revisiting the same world". Calling it now.

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seem logical enough.

just picture sequels as a big dlcs.

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Don't tell me to picture big dics... oh wait :)

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@Darko-TDR: 2 L8 4 U, i already did.

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@Darko-TDR: Yeahhhhh. My head was in the gutter too I guess because at first glance that's kind of what I saw too.

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Great...other than the fact that I bought the "expansion pass" and got Quite a bargain.

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I'll admit i didnt care much for the end game prize being a motorcycle. Nor did i appreciate every piece of DLC clothing was not upgradeable making them kinda useless.

However despite the negatives, both DLCs were a lot of fun.

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@amirfoox: there was a lot more than that but ok.

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@KahnArtizt: right, it also added a bunch of items and a hard mode which is granted for free anywhere else.

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DLC? More like Switch had no game.

Mario, Zelda...the switch has nothing.

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@krystal69: Hmm, looking at my collection, besides Mario, I have...

-Street Fighter

-Dragon Ball FighterZ

-Mortal Kombat 11

-Civ VI


-LEGO Harry Potter

-LEGO City

-Puyo Puyo Tetris

-Rocket League

-Azure Striker Gunvolt

-Mega Man 11

-Sonic Mania Plus

-Shantae: Half Genie Hero


-Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy

-SEGA Genesis Collection



Switch has WAY more to offer than past Nintendo consoles circa N64.

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The Switch has more games and exclusives in its third year than either the PS4 or Xbox One has in the same timeframe.

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@krystal69: It's Nintendo... what do you expect?
Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros... that's all there is right now.
Those alone justified the price of the system, IMO.
Still... there's only 3 games on the Switch's horizon worth playing on it.

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@krystal69: Umm, Breath of the Wild may have started life as a Wii U title, but I'm pretty sure the same wasn't true for Super Mario Odyssey.

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Ok, a lot of people told me about the ties between certain Zelda games, but even this sounds like it may be the most sequel-y sequel Zelda has had. Especially if the world and assets are the same.

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@lionheartssj1: you mean like Majora’s mask?

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@lionheartssj1: It seems like an Ocarina of Time to Majora's Mask sort of thing, where it's just a direct sequel. ...Only, more sequelly since it (seemingly) follows up on the world and it's people instead of just the main character.

...Actually, yeah. You're kind of just completely right.

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Before this, I was pretty adamant that it would take place in a new overworld. Now I am not so sure. If this DOES end up just taking place in the same damn Hyrule, my hype for this game will evaporate almost entirely. I don't want to explore the same mountain ranges and hills and forests I already played through (twice). Give me a new world to explore.

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@Poodger: I imagine it'll be a combination of new areas, one's that have drastically changed, and one's that are familiar and at this point nostalgic.

But mostly, I don't think we have enough information to tell what kind of scale they're going for here.

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@Poodger: I doubt they would do that. In the trailer the castle lifts out of the ground, assuming it will move somewhere else. Nintendo is not known for reusing whole maps for sequels. Majora’s Mask recycled textures and character models but didn’t have a single reused town or dungeon. Same for Mario Galaxy 2.

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For better or worse, I'm overall glad Nintendo is so adamant against truly following "modern gaming".

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I'd much prefer a sequel than a bunch of DLC. Coming back a month or so later for a couple more hours of gameplay is pointless to me. I'd much rather come back a year or two later for another full blown experience. I wonder how much DLC really makes companies in the long run. You figure only people who own the game already can get the DLC, but with a sequel, anyone can buy it. These game devs working on new content for a game that's already "old news" in the public eye just seems like a waste. I'm very excited to see what BotW 2 is going to be.

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@Brettsky128: I think the value of post launch content depends on the game and the dev team. There are certainly games where I feel it'd be a huge loss to go without the updates or DLC they added to an already complete game.

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Wasn't this the reason super mario galaxy 2 was made? So many crazy ideas leftover from the original.

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EA: Let's sell all this as 7 sets of $40 DLC.

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EA brings in Peter Jackson: "7 sets?!?.. Crikey, this can't be done in under 21!"

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Nintendo gets it.

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@Barighm: (this time)

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Wow, that's actually amazing. Good on 'em