For the first time in the series, the next Zelda game will feature voice acting.
Speaking with Polygon, Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma has admitted that it’s “really difficult to leave an impression with just text.” Further, that the first time he heard a character speak in the game’s early development stages, it “touched his heart.”
It’s important to note, while Breath of the Wild will include voice acting, it won’t be fully voiced.
“It’s not that I made everything voiced. But I have these moments where I want to leave impressions on users. I add voice there,” said Aonuma.
However, and good news to many fans, Aonuma reiterated that the series’ protagonist, Link, will remain voiceless in Breath of the Wild and the foreseeable future.
“If Link said something the user doesn’t agree with, that relationship between the user and Link would be lost,” said Aonuma. “That’s why I chose not to go with that.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release in March 2017 for the Wii U and Nintendo’s new “NX.”
I’m happy to see them breathe a little bit more life into Breath of the Wild by adding some voice acting, but I’m even happier that with this decision they also decided to keep Link silent. Atta boy, Nintendo.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.