Back in 2013, Nintendo teamed up with Australian developer Tantalus to begin work on the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Tantalus had worked with Nintendo on several occasions before this, including development of the Wii U versions of Deux Ex: Human Revolution and Mass Effect 3, the latter of which was a launch title for the console. In a recent interview, Tantalus’ CEO, Tom Crago, revealed that it was a “natural fit” for them to work on the Zelda game, and it was a “huge thrill.”
Crago explained that the two companies have “remained in close contact” since releasing Top Gear Rally on the Game Boy Advance back in 1997, and that Nintendo was impressed with their work on Mass Effect 3. He went on to say that they were thrilled to work on Twilight Princess HD as “it’s not every day someone from Nintendo asks you if you’d be interested in making a Zelda game.”
“Nintendo approached us. We had worked with them before on Top Gear Rally on GBA, and had remained in close contact in the intervening period. I guess they were impressed by the work we’d done on Mass Effect 3, which was a launch title on Wii U. It’s not every day someone from Nintendo asks you if you’d be interested in making a Zelda game, so definitely it was happy moment. By that stage Tantalus had shipped around thirty games on Nintendo platforms, and so certainly it felt like a natural fit. A huge thrill, but a natural fit. We worked with Nintendo very closely. A dedicated team in Kyoto worked with us throughout the duration of the project, and senior members of our team made several trips to Japan.” — Tom Crago
In the same interview, Crago stated that he is “very excited” about NX. Hopefully this means we will see more collaboration between Nintendo and Tantalus in the future.