The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Producer Eiji Aonuma hints at more open-world installments of the series, and incidentally, a lot of clever players out there have already shown the possibilities in such an expansive space.
The open-world setting of Breath of the Wild is one of the many factors that allowed it to garner lots of positive reviews, which bucked the game's linear trend.
That said, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the developers are looking into implementing it in future Zelda games.
Open World Might Become The Standard For 'The Legend Of Zelda'
In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Aonuma was asked about whether or not the next Zelda game will continue the open-world setting and how the next title will be like.
"I think that, in the future, open air games will be the standard for Zelda," he answered (rough translation via NeoGAF).
While it's not exactly a confirmation, it does tell us that the developers are leaning toward a sandbox style à la Breath of the Wild for upcoming installments.
'Breath Of The Wild' Player Glides Across The Whole Map
To show the many possibilities in an open-world setting, Breath of the Wild players have been up and about in ruling the skies of Hyrule, going toe-to-toe with one another to find out who can travel the farthest in midair.
However, the competition may have just ended, with YouTuber mety333 taking the top spot so far. No cheats involved, of course.
In the video, the user can be seen placing a metal box on top of a cart and jumping onto the makeshift contraption. After that, they used the Magnesis Rune to bring themselves upward into the air until they reached the game's invisible ceiling, which took 90 seconds.
With stamina elixirs at hand, mety333 jumped off the box and managed to paraglide across the entirety of Hyrule. Well, sort of, as they stopped at some point in their journey, leaving it up to the others to try it out themselves to see how far Link can truly go.
It should also be mentioned that YouTube user MrCheeze uploaded a clip that showcased this method a few days earlier than mety333.
'Breath Of The Wild' Player Rides The Wind For About 4.7 Miles
Before the combination of the Magnesis Rune, a minecart, and a metal box, a Japanese YouTuber used a mix of stamina potions, Bomb Arrows, and bows to paraglide 7.65 meters or 4.7 miles in one go. The user flew all the way from the Ridgeland Tower to Eventide Island.
To boil things down, these neat tricks show us how much the open-world system of Breath of the Wild can let players get creative and try out all sorts of things. In other words, Aonuma's hint presumably spells good news to almost every fan.
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