Posted on August 25 2017 by Rod Lloyd
Despite the frustratingly long wait for Breath of the Wild, the Zelda series has sort of been functioning on an annual release schedule for the past few years. We got A Link Between Worlds and Wind Waker HD in 2013, Hyrule Warriors in 2014, Majora’s Mask 3D and Tri Force Heroes in 2015, and Hyrule Warriors Legends and Twilight Princess HD in 2016. So with the latest game releasing earlier this year, it’s not hard to imagine that a new one — whatever it may be — is set for release come 2018.
But with the sheer mass of Breath of the Wild and more DLC on the way, are we ready for a new Zelda game so soon?
Obviously, we can all rule out a brand new 3D title releasing so soon after BotW‘s turbulent development cycle, but that doesn’t mean that the Zelda team won’t try to crank out something new by this time next year. Perhaps we’ll see a new 2D game, maybe we’ll see another HD or 3D remake, or we could potentially get another spin-off title.
Whatever Nintendo has up their sleeves, some fans may see a new title releasing so soon as a bad idea. For one, the risks of franchise fatigue are very real; even the most devoted Zelda fans may find themselves overwhelmed with another game or two placed on their to-do list. Additionally, one must consider the difficulties of a short development time. While Eiji Aonuma and his team proved that developing a Zelda game in less than a year is viable with Majora’s Mask, a polished game is not always guaranteed with such a short turnaround.
Obviously there are many points to consider when faced with the possibility of a new Zelda arriving next year. Are you hankering for a new title already? Do you want Nintendo to hold off until 2019? Please share your perspectives with us in the comments below!