The Next Zelda Game May be a Sequel, Feature HD Rumble, & is Still a Long Ways Off

So what’s next after Breath of the Wild wraps up it’s second DLC pack later this year?  We actually speculated on this in and episode of Zelda Inquiries, but Eiji Aonuma let slip a few details in a recent interview with GAMEREACTOR. Keep in mind, the next Zelda game hasn’t really even entered the planning stages yet due to the DLC, so everything is subject to change. That being said, here is what we learned:

GAMEREACTOR: This game was developed for the Wii U, and you recently said you regret not being able to use the Switch specific features. What features were you thinking about in particular?

Eiji Aonuma: To give a concrete example, there are what are called ‘HD vibrations’ which are specific to the Switch and which allow you to almost experiment what the character feels when it touches something, for example when you take an object in hand you can feel it thanks to the vibrations. It is a rather interesting approach, it adds more realism too, simply it would have been necessary to develop scenes around that. The real problem that made it impossible to use this technology is not so much a matter of time problem but rather that we were going to have too many differences with the Wii U version and they both had to be identical games. But now that we can free ourselves from this connection, this constraint, since the Switch is developing well, we will be able to use this in the next Zelda.

HD rumble could have really added a sense of immersion to Breath of the Wild. Here’s what else he had to say about the next Zelda:

GR: Regarding the next Zelda, is there a schedule settled on yet? Could you give us any exclusive insights into that?

EA: No, you will not get a scoop! Sorry, my dear friend [laughs]. We have no plans for a future Zelda, we are still far from all this unfortunately for you. Today, I’m at a stage where I’m trying to gather a number of ideas for a sequel, but I cannot do it alone. It’s a lot of work that will have to be done over a long period of time, and we’re still far from having planned anything. Leave us a little time…

There you have it. He’s considering it as a sequel to Breath of the Wild, he wants to put in HD rumble, and he’s only just begun gathering ideas for it… suggesting were at least a couple years or longer away from seeing anything about it.