After launching back in March 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild established itself as one of the best-reviewed games of the year and as one of the must-have titles for the Nintendo Switch. Since it released side-by-side with the Switch, it stands to reason that we’ll see at least one more Zelda game for the console before everything is said and done. As it turns out, Nintendo might already be working on it.
Nintendo has published a pair of job postings to its Japanese site in which it points out that it’s seeking two people to work on the The Legend of Zelda series. The first of these open positions is for a 3DCG designer, who would primarily be responsible for crafting the game’s topography both in respect to its overworld and its dungeons. The second listing calls for a level designer who will help plan game events and dungeons while also creating the enemies that players will encounter.
The job listings were first noted in a post to the ResetEra forums, and though they don’t get too specific, they are a pretty clear indication that Nintendo is working on a new 3D Zelda game. With the Wii U all but dead and Nintendo’s focus on the 3DS winding down (but not ending entirely), it’s almost certain that this new game is intended for the Switch, even though neither listing mentions the console directly.
Before you get too excited, it’s worth pointing out that whatever this game is, it’s likely still a while off. Nintendo considers Breath of the Wild to be one of the marquee titles for the Switch, so it’s probably fine in taking its sweet time to develop a follow up. Still, its exciting to think that Nintendo is indeed crafting a new Zelda game, especially since Breath of the Wild did so much to turn the series on its head.
Will this new Zelda game follow in BotW‘s footsteps, or will it be a return to form for the series, which mostly stuck with the same structure for decades before BotW was released? We’ll just have to wait and see what Nintendo’s planning, and when the time comes to actually announce this game, we’ll be sure to update you with more information.