Nintendo says it has no plan to make Hyrule Warriors a regular series after Age of Calamity, but it could revisit it again in the right circumstances.
The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma says Nintendo isn’t expecting Hyrule Warriors to continue as a spin-off series, but isn’t ruling out the chance that it could get another sequel some day. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was released this week to mostly positive reviews, with critics happy to return to the world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with a completely different kind of gameplay.
While Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity may not play anything like Breath of the Wild, its announcement was still met with excitement by fans of the latest mainline Zelda game. Breaking the tradition of keeping most Zelda games as self-contained titles, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a direct prequel, sending players back in time to 100 years before Breath of the Wild took place. It even gave players a whole new perspective on some of the events of Breath of the Wild, showing the world that Hyrule’s finest were trying to save from Calamity Ganon and letting players pilot the Divine Beasts that had become antagonists in BOTW.
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Despite its warm reception and the clear interest from fans, it seems that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity won’t continue into its own Legend of Zelda spin-off series. In an interview with IGN, Eiji Aonuma said that Nintendo isn’t looking to make Hyrule Warriors a regular franchise. Instead, he said, the developer would only pursue another game in the series if it came up with an idea that was best served by its style of gameplay. According to Aonuma, the whole idea for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity arose when Breath of the Wild Hidemaro Fujibayashi realized that the Hyrule Warriors combat style would be the best way to tell the story of fighting Ganon’s army.
Clearly, the story behind Breath of the Wild is one that Nintendo is more eager to return to than most other Legend of Zelda games. Even as fans are playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, they’re still waiting for Breath of the Wild 2, which Nintendo has been slow to reveal new details about since its exciting announcement. Given the scale of Breath of the Wild’s world and how beloved it is by players, it’s no surprise that Nintendo isn’t ready to move on to an entirely new chapter in Zelda’s story just yet, and that seems to be just fine by fans.
Players who are now getting their hands on Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity may have hoped that more was to come, but it looks like that’s not a priority for Nintendo. Still, it’s better that the developer isn’t trying to force another sequel without having a good idea for one. Nintendo may still return to the occasional series one day, but if it does, there will have to be a good reason for it.
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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is available now on Nintendo Switch.
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