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The next Zelda might be a little bit Breath of the Wild Wild West

Giddy up, cowboy.

Last night we learned that a Breath of the Wild sequel is real, darker, and in active development.

An interview with IGN also suggested a structural shake-up may be incoming. Producer Eiji Aonuma told the outlet that a certain rootin' tootin' open world hit has been very popular with the team.

"I did hear that a lot of people were playing was Red Dead Redemption 2," said Aonuma.

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Breath of the Wild was a significant leap for Nintendo, bringing Zelda away from more staggered adventures to a full open-world. For a first take, most would agree it was a phenomenal success. Taking another stab at that style should only help refine things further.

Of course, back then, there was only really one game that could help inspire a fantastical open-world epic.

"When I was working on Breath of the Wild, the director [Hidemaro Fujibayashi] was playing Skyrim."

The brief glimpse of sequel footage did show a far darker direction for Link. Could out pointy-eared hero start gunning down villagers while lamenting the loss of the Hyrulian Dream and the encroachment of civilisation? Will Link take a solid minute to stumble over and pick up a Korok seed?

Let's wait and see.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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