A Dedicated Animal Designer Worked Hard to Make Horse Hooves Sound Super Realistic in Breath of the Wild
Posted on February 01 2017 by Andy Spiteri
John Hammond famously quipped his catchphrase “spared no expense” a number of time’s in 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic Park, and it would seem that that quote really inspired some of Nintendo’s big wigs during development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Sitting down for an interview with IGN, series producer Eiji Aonuma and series creator Shigeru Miyamoto sat down and discussed Breath of the Wild at length, and offered up this tidbit when talking about how Link interacts with the world around him:
“Some horses are a little bit stronger and a little harder to catch. Some are easier to tame. Another thing is the sound of the hooves. A dedicated animal designer and a programmer focused diligently on those fine details. The sound of hooves matches the animation of the horse galloping, which really enhances the riding experience.” — Eiji Aonuma
I, for one, couldn’t help but smile at Aonuma’s mixture of pride and sheepishness when he revealed this detail. It really makes you appreciate the scope of the world and how much effort Nintendo has put into crafting a unforgettable landscape. Let us know what you think in the comments below!