Poor Link. He’s gone from 2D to 3D to cel shading to dark and gritty. He’s been all over the place.
Actually, come to think of it, the only thing that’s changed about him since Ocarina of Time is the way he looks. The core of all of the Zelda games has remained unchanged for some time now, but it looks like Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Link, has implied he wants to rectify this for the next iteration of the franchise.
According to him, something new is coming.
Miyamoto had this to say:
I don’t necessarily think it will change that drastically, but I think that Zelda is a franchise that does need some big new unique ideas. And so the team right now is very focused on trying to find those ideas.
Personally, I find this to be quite exciting. I’ve bemoaned the Zelda franchise for a few years, because it’s just new art slapped onto Ocarina of Time in terms of its gameplay approach. While that game was incredible, it just highlights how much each new addition is not Ocarina of Time.
What do you guys think could spice up the Zelda franchise? Back at GDC 2007, a first person demo of Twilight Princess was shown, but I’m not sure I would be in favor of turning Zelda into Oblivion. What do you think? Should Link talk? Should it be turn-based? Should it be a cart racer? Let’s hear it.