News – Rumour: A New Zelda for Switch Could be Coming ‘Sooner Than We Think’
News on a new The Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo Switch could be coming “sooner than we think” according to Game Informer editor Imran Khan. Game Informer is Gamestop’s own magazine and tends to have the inside line on upcoming games thanks to this, including running its monthly front-cover game reveals and scoops.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Game Informer Show, Khan and the team were discussing their predictions for the future of the Zelda franchise, to which Khan cryptically said “I was just thinking what I should say about that. The next Zelda will probably be sooner than we think…I will talk to you guys off camera about stuff.” Once quizzed on whether the game was going to be a spin-off, he said: “Um, not exactly.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably one of the greatest games of all time, so thirst for a successor is understandably sky-high. Games like Breath of the Wild don’t grow on trees though and it was a project five years in the making. To expect a full-blown sequel announcement so soon seems hugely optimistic, but it’s not impossible.
The more likely scenario seems the announcement of a new top-down Zelda game in the style of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. We usually get a new Zelda game in some form each year, although we had none in 2018. The 2D Zelda team at Nintendo EAD released A Link Between Worlds in 2013 so it definitely seems conceivable a new game could be ready for 2019.
An alternative is a major expansion or reworking for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Something along the lines of Majora’s Mask, a game which was turned out in just a year after the legendary Zelda: Ocarina of Time, reworking the mechanics for a fantastically darker, end-of-times sequel of sorts.
Lastly, there’s the prospect of a remaster. Wind Waker and Twilight Princess were remastered for Wii U but perhaps didn’t find their intended audience, while it’s also certainly feasible for Skyward Sword to be ported to Nintendo’s latest console, although handheld mode may be impossible with the motion controls.
What do you reckon could be in store for the Zelda series next? When are you expecting the next announcement, could it even be at The Game Awards next month?