The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is officially in development, but one question on everyone's mind is: how different will the sequel be compared to the first? One clue could be the games the developers at Nintendo are playing for inspiration which includes Red Dead Redemption 2 and other Zelda games.
In an interview with IGN Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that the younger staff on the Breath of the Wild 2 dev team have been playing a lot of Rockstar's open-world western, Red Dead Redemption 2. "[Something] I did hear that a lot of people were playing was Red Dead Redemption 2," Aonuma says.
Oddly enough, Red Dead Redemption 2 feels kind of like Breath of the Wild in some ways. Both have vast open worlds with emergent gameplay elements. And both games also include weapon degradation and small side quests. Both games also share DNA with Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, something returning Breath of the Wild 2 director Hidemaro Fujibayashi says was an influence on Breath of the Wild.
Aonuma himself has apparently been prepping for Breath of the Wild 2 by playing other Zelda games. "Recently I've been very busy, especially with Link's Awakening," Aonuma says. "So on my breaks, I've been playing Cadence of Hyrule. So I've been kind of overloaded with a lot of Zelda recently."
How much Red Dead Redemption 2, Cadence of Hyrule, or the upcoming Link's Awakening remake bleed into Breath of the Wild 2 is up to the developers. But this is certainly an interesting slate of games to be playing while working on the next mainline Zelda game.
Many have speculated that, based on the trailer, Breath of the Wild 2 will have a darker tone a la Majora's Mask. Without more details, all of this is just speculation. But Nintendo has rarely done the same thing twice for mainline console Zelda games, even in sequels. So even though Breath of the Wild 2 still looks like its predecessor, that might be where the similarities end.
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