Many Zelda fans have noticed that Breath of the Wild seems to take inspiration from Western RPGs. This might not be a coincidence, as series producer Eiji Aonuma revealed in a recent interview that he actually played a lot of Western games while developing Zelda. He listed games like Far Cry, The Witcher III, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as some recent favorites. However, he mentioned titles like Grand Theft Auto were too violent for him. Aonuma noted that in the past, he hasn’t played very many games, but then realized it wasn’t right of him to do so as a game developer.
“In the past I didn’t play many video games. But then I realized, this isn’t right, I have to. So nowadays, I actually play a lot of overseas titles. While playing those games, I do find some ideas, but it’s not that it connects directly to Zelda to where I would take something and use it in Zelda, but it’s more of something I keep in the back of my head while developing the game.”
— Eiji Aonuma
He also went on to mention that he has been friends with Fumito Uedo, director of
The Last Guardian, for some time, and that Uedo sent him a copy when his new game was finally finished. While Breath of the Wild isn’t necessarily inspired by the game, Aonuma was deeply impressed by it and thought it was neat that the games he and his friend made featured some coincidentally similar gameplay mechanics:
“Flying in the sky is very similar to paragliding in Breath of the Wild, so it kind of made me feel like, we’re friends, and we’re kind of doing a similar thing.”
— Eiji Aonuma
It is pretty neat to hear when game developers take notes from other titles, and it’s no surprise that Aonuma may have had Western RPGs in mind to a degree during
Breath of the Wild development. What do you guys think of this? Is Zelda better off with these new inspirations? Should the series continue to take elements from other franchises? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Source: Game Informer