During E3, Game Informer had both the opportunity to not only play the Breath of the Wild demo, but also talk to Eiji Aonuma. While they were asking him their questions, naturally they asked a few we would have asked ourselves and now that they’ve been posted, we can share our favourite answers here:
Aonuma on the Art Style:
“There’s actually not any specific animation that we took inspiration from, you know obviously there are artists that work on this game and part of that is what kind of animation they watch as they were growing up since it’s a build up of their past experience. So instead of us trying to build a game that’s like an animation it was more about functionally in that animation is a process where you kind of chip away at the unnecessary stuff and really return to the more simple and basic colours. And in the same way we try to do that in where we had to make some of the features of the game very clear, distinct so that it’s visible and clear to the player. So if we put too much detail, too much complexity to the background and the characters, the character or anything that’s going on will start to blend into the background and be hard to see what’s going on. And that’s why we wanted to make it very, pop out and make it very clear that our intent and the focus is very apparent and clear to the user.”
Aonuma on Breath of the Wild’s Inspiration:
“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.”
Aonuma on Changing the Formula:
“So this came up a little bit in our Q and A session earlier, but someone, a user who played Skyward Sword, said, ‘We want to know what happens in the places you can’t go to.’ And I think for people, especially the Zelda fans, they have a curiosity to find out what happens in those places where you can’t go, where you’re not supposed to go. So we wanted to create a world where you can further that investigation, you can go further and further and continue to search for places where you can’t go.
And to make this happen, we needed to create Zelda in a very different way and so that’s why it took a little bit longer than we had expected, the development took a lot longer than I had expected. Mainly because as we’re developing this game, we realized there’s all these new possibilities coming up. Like, ‘Oh, we can do this’ or ‘Let’s expand on that.’ And so that’s why development just took a lot longer. And of course there’s stuff that we couldn’t include because of time constraints, but I really feel like we were able to shape out the Zelda that we really wanted to, that really lives up to what we had envisioned.”
Aonuma on Music:
“Definitely some of the music that you heard in the trailer is all recorded, those are professional performers playing their instruments, it’s a raw recording. And so really what we wanted to do, and throughout the game, we’re using even with the professional piano players, so we really wanted to make sure we capture recordings of those instruments because they kind of act, they’re more efficient and more appropriate in bringing up those emotions and the reactions we want out of people and so we were more intentional in the kind of music and recording that we chose to include in the game. Obviously we still have a few more recordings to include, they’re not all in there.
So, you know, the person in charge of music he says to me the dynamics of this music is really important, I don’t really know what that means but all I can say is that is has a lot effect in bringing out emotion and giving the reaction that we want to the player.”
Aonuma on Climbing:
“So having to use some sort of stamina gauge and run and dash that’s a function that was available in Skyward Sword and we really enjoyed how that feels and how that works out but we thought about how can we expand on that idea. In Skyward Sword you’re only able to climb in certain designated areas and we kind of threw that all those limitations and made it so you can climb anywhere. And when you’re able to climb anywhere you’re able to get to high places, and look down and then adding the paraglider, you can really go down and enjoy this experience. Where it started was wanting to expand on the idea from Skyward Sword.”
Aonuma on Breakable Items:
“So initially when we thought about this idea of something breaking and having to get it again, we thought about it with different items instead of weapons and we tried it out and it was a lot of fun and we wanted to expand on it and we tried different things and we found the idea of having to go out and collect things and search for things was very fun and we thought what about what would be the most fun and what can we apply this concept to and we could get the most out of this and we realized that weapons is where it is, because in a world filled with enemies losing your weapon is such a crucial mistake and you lose your way of fighting and encourages the player to carefully use their weapons and not swing it every which way however they want. We also believe that by leading the player to go grab weapons from enemies and increases the amount of battles they have to go to and gives the battles a lot more intent, and it worked out really great. So that’s why its in there.”
Aonuma on Linkle:
“There’s no female Link in Breath of the Wild. In terms of Linkle, that’s something that Mr. (Hayashi?) from Koei really wanted to include in the game and we thought for a game like that where you’re constantly switching characters it might work out, but for the type of game we’re making and the fact that there is a Princess Zelda and a Link we just didn’t think that it was quite right. And when I mentioned in the trailer a few years ago that it might not be Link, and it kind of caught fire that it might be a female Link, that is not what I had in mind and I was kind of surprised. I should be careful what I say.”
Naturally we have taken all of our favourite responses from the interview, leaving more information to be found on Game Informer’s full article, by clicking here, or using the link below this paragraph. It is a good read and we highly recommend it, but ultimately the choice is yours and make sure you check back sometime as we will be posting more Breath of the Wild news as soon as it comes.
Source: Ben Reeves of Game Informer
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This post was written by Jack Longman