Tears Of The Kingdom’s Zelda Could Become Playable In Future Titles, Says Producer

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  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom features Link as the playable protagonist, thereby skipping out on putting the player in control of Princess Zelda herself one more time. 
  • The producer of the game Eiji Aonuma has clarified that it’s not unlikely for Zelda to ever become playable in the main series; it’s just that the focus would require a “particular gameplay” and such an opportunity has never risen to date. 
  • Princess Zelda has always remained an NPC in the mainline The Legend of Zelda series. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has launched to exceptional fanfare in recent times, serving as the direct sequel to the 2017-released Breath of the Wild. Things are solid for the most part about the much-anticipated title, but there is this thing that fans still want Zelda as ever to be playable in her own mainline series. While Tears of the Kingdom won’t be scratching that itch just yet, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Sitting down with Vanity Fair for an interview, Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma has shed some light on the matter at hand, clarifying that the possibility of making Zelda a playable character in future The Legend of Zelda titles isn’t all that bleak. Instead, all it would take is a certain gameplay approach that would fit the intricacies of the character, and that would do the trick. However, the devs aren’t quite there yet with that “particular gameplay.” 

We feel like what takes most priority is this idea of gameplay. If it turns out that the particular gameplay we’re trying to bring to fruition would be best served by having Zelda take that role, then it’s possible that that could be a direction we could take. With that said, of course, because we are not sure what the next gameplay experience is going to be, we can’t say what Zelda’s next step is going to be,” says Tears of the Kingdom’s producer Eiji Aonuma.

Again, this does not specifically determine that the sequel of Tears of the Kingdom is all set to include Zelda as the main sword swinger on the frontlines, so this is something that only time can properly unfold. The good news is that at least the thought is not completely out of the ballpark, and one game or the other down the road, the princess herself could actually become playable. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is seemingly pushing the boundaries of open-world games with its solid emphasis on exploration, greatly improving upon the brilliant formula laid out by its predecessor, and living up to fans’ expectations without breaking a sweat. The title has managed to become OpenCritic’s highest-rated entry, and this, by no means, is a small feat to write home about. 

In other news, though, folks on Reddit have recently spotted a rip-off version of Tears of the Kingdom on mobile, and mockingly titled it, “Zolda: Wheeze of the Wild.” The Android/iOS-centric app clearly isn’t making any efforts to rule itself out as a unique product. Guess the developer of said game will be hearing from Nintendo’s lawyers soon. 

Speaking of which, there’s a mod out there that lets you enjoy Tears of the Kingdom on PC at 60 FPS via emulation, but there’s a catch. Apart from the piracy and legal concerns, the mod isn’t at its full capacity yet, given Tears of the Kingdom’s relatively recent release, and subjects users to various hiccups, such as slow-motion and performance issues. 

Let us know in the comments section if you’ve been liking the Tears of the Kingdom experience so far. For the uninitiated, the game has been out since May 12 for the Nintendo Switch exclusively. 

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