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'The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild' 2014 Trailer Sparked The Game's Design, Says Director

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(Photo : Nintendo/YouTube) "The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild" premiered during E3 2014, and its early trailer shaped the game's modern vision. Nintendo says that the clip spawned Link's combat and abilities. "The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild" comes to Wii U and NX in 2017.

"The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild" was first revealed in a 2014 trailer, and apparently that clip inspired the game's modern design. Franchise director Eiji Aonuma hinted as much during a recent interview.

The news comes to Design & Trend via Edge Magazine's chat with the Nintendo figurehead. While the source material is brief, it offers substantial insight into "Breath Of The Wild's" complicated development.


As seen in the embedded trailer above, there's a segment in the clip where Link jumps off his horse to shoot a Guardian enemy in the eye. Even though that moment was captured with in-engine footage, it wasn't possible in gameplay form at the time it was showcased. "After creating the trailer, I really wanted to put that in the game," Aonuma said, "so I ended up making it come true."

It was further added that "once we'd put that element in the game, it made us think: what else can we do with this enemy? How else could we fight it? It expanded to new story ideas as well. The trailer became the basis for the whole game," he admitted.

In a lot of ways, this relatively recent source of inspiration could easily explain "Breath Of The Wild's" many delays heading into its 2017 release. At the time of that reveal, the intent was to have the game on store shelves in 2015. However, if major features from the clip weren't possible just months before that deadline, there was likely some creative encouragement to incubate those ideas further.

What resulted from the extra development time is an entry to the "Legend Of Zelda" franchise that's markedly different from anything seen before. While not every new feature was appreciated by our publication specifically, "Breath Of The Wild" still managed to nab the lion's share of Game Of The Show awards at E3 2016. Without a doubt, the demo made players happy because it fulfilled and surpassed everything that the 2014 trailer had promised.

"The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild" is set to release on Wii U and NX in 2017.

What do you think of "Breath Of The Wild's" reveal trailer? Was Nintendo right to base the entire game around that footage? Tell us in the poll and comments section!


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