One of the most distinctive features of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is the inclusion of various outfits that grant different abilities, such as an improved spin attack or the ability to walk through lava. In an interview with IGN, the game’s director, Hiromasa Shikata, revealed some new details about how and why these outfits were integrated into the game. As it turns out, the outfits were conceived as a way for players to show how much they’ve progressed through the game by crafting new outfits as they play.
Shikata explained that the concept of using different outfits arose to allow players to have a visual sign of their progress during multiplayer.
“I really think, as far as the fashion goes, that because it is a multiplayer game, and my image of how people are going to play is that you’re going to be playing a little bit each day. You can play with the same friends or a different group of people. Your work shows these other people how far you’ve progressed and the accomplishments that you have had. The outfit seemed to work really well with allowing you to say ‘Check me out, look what I’ve done!’ It proves to them where you’ve been and what you’ve done so far.” — Hiromasa Shikata
The outfits won’t just be automatically unlocked as you progress, though; rather, you will craft new outfits with materials you collect in dungeons, so the outfits you have become a sign of your achievements within the game.
“Now, as far as the clothes themselves go, you don’t get an outfit in one go. You pick up the materials required to make that outfit as you go through dungeons. And, for of course, the higher level or more powerful costumes require even more special materials. Those are going to be located in more difficult dungeons.” — Hiromasa Shikata
Shikata refrained from revealing the total number of outfits that will be available in the game, but he did note that it could take players “three months of gameplay” to collect them all.
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