Eiji Aonuma sat down for an interview with Famitsu magazine and was asked the inevitable question about the future of the Zelda franchise after Breath of the Wild. Specifically, will the series follow the open world (open-air) reality set by the latest release? Eiji Aonuma’s words may be music to some ears, and dread to others. Here is a rough translation:
Famitsu: Making the next Zelda game might be more difficult if you choose to make it an open-air game. What will evolve open-air? How will you make future dungeons? What will the next Zelda title be like?
Aonuma: I think that, in the future, open air games will be the standard for Zelda.
While he doesn’t sound like it’s completely set in stone, he’s pretty certain that open world style Zelda games are the defacto future for the series moving forward. I’m sure the sales and immense positive reaction to Breath of the Wild have nothing to do with that statement (/endsarcasm).