There have been many comparisons between the upcoming the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Bethesda’s popular open world fantasy game Skyrim, and it’s easy to see why. However, when asked by Game Informer whether the Zelda title was inspired by any other open world games like Skyrim or The Witcher, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma replied that this was not the case.

First of all I think that many of the staff members do play many different kinds of games, open-world games like you mentioned, but I don’t think there was one game that we really looked at and said we want to make a game like this. Instead like I mentioned earlier we wanted to really expand on the world of Skyward Sword and we kind of tried to think about what kind of cycle can we create in the game that really encourages continuous exploration so that what came up was things like needing to cook and gather ingredients to eat, needing to procure weapons from enemies because they break, things that like there’s a cycle of expending something and then procuring something, that’s like a main important part of this game and it was kind of drawn more from that than any singular inspiration.

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