Eiji Aonuma Fought to Get the Master Cycle Zero into Breath of the Wild, According to Recent Interview
Posted on December 23 2017 by Kristen G. Rosario
There’s no mistaking that the Master Cycle Zero unveiling from this year’s Game Awards was the biggest thing shown for the Champions’ Ballad DLC. For those who’ve been paying close attention this year, this motorcycle was teased all the way back in late February, during Zelda Team’s Breath of the Wild panel at GDC. While we didn’t know it then, the man who runs the Zelda camp really wanted that motorcycle in the newest game.
During a recent interview with the Nintendo Power Podcast, series producer Eiji Aonuma was asked about the process in determining what would be provided in the two DLC Packs. When talking more specifically about the Champions’ Ballad DLC, Aonuma discussed the challenges of getting the Master Cycle Zero into that pack:
Aonuma: I think for me the most interesting thing in DLC 2 is the motorbike, which is actually a hobby of mine. I think it was when we were just about to start work on the first DLC pack, and I sent an email out to Mr. Fujibayashi and some other people on staff, saying, “Oh, man. I’d really love to ride a motorbike through the Breath of the Wild world.” And their response, everyone came back and said, “No! You can’t do that. That’s crazy.” And I thought, “Oh, well,” and sort of gave up. But when we got to making the second pack, the second installment of DLC, I got to thinking, “You know, we need to have some sort of reward. There needs to be something that we give the player when they overcome all the challenges in this new DLC. Hey, couldn’t we just give them the bike? We give them the motorbike?” And Mr. Fujibayashi came back and said, “Well, Link never had his own Divine Beast. This is not a Divine Beast, but maybe it could be something like a Divine Beast for Link.” That kind of got him into the idea. So finally, I got the bike in. And so I’m very happy about how Pack 2 turned out.”
Slate: So you’re breaking the conventions of Zelda all the way until the end, right?
Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi even jokes about how obsessed Aonuma seemed when trying to get the motorcycle into the game:
Fujibayashi: I remember because Mr. Aonuma’s desk is right across from mine. So every now and then, I’ll just hear, “The bike… The bike…” So then, I was like, “Okay, fine. How about perhaps he’ll find a reward in the game? That might not be a bad idea.”
What do you think folks? Was getting the Master Cycle Zero into Breath of the Wild worth it in the end? Let us know in the comments below!