Fans of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can now watch three making-of videos on Nintendo’s official YouTube channel. These behind-the-scenes videos discuss the game’s inception, the creation of the characters and the story, as well as what goes into making an open-world Zelda game. The videos are about ten minutes each, and they’re very interesting to watch.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most anticipated and well-received Zelda game in a long, long while. It’s getting glowing reviews almost all across the board, with both critics and fans lauding its many features, gameplay mechanics and the rich, full world of Hyrule. It is both a worthy farewell to the Wii-U and introduction to the Nintendo Switch (nobody cares about 1-2-Switch).
With the game capturing the attention of both long-time fans and newcomers, Nintendo decided to reveal a glimpse into the creative process behind Breath of the Wild. The three behind the scenes videos went live on March 14th, at 6 AM PT on the Nintendo YouTube channel. The first video, titled The Beginning, has many members of the BOTW team discussing the inception of the game. They talk about how the different aspects of the game came to be and where their inspirations came from.
The second video, Open-Air Concept, shows us how the open world of Hyrule came to be, as well as the many different aspects, such as sound design and the different gameplay mechanics. It’s fascinating to watch how all of those separate parts come together to produce something bigger than the simple sum of its elements.
The third and final video takes a closer look at characters and story. It goes over character design and how it all comes together in the final product. It’s especially interesting to note that, instead of building the game around a more linear progression (in the sense that certain areas are blocked off until you progress far enough), they instead went for an open approach, where everything is immediately available to you.
If any of this tickles your fancy, you can watch all of the videos in the playlist below. And if you’re having problems with the game, check out our Zelda Breath of the Wild guides.