Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Have Alternate Ending

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed there will be an alternative ending in Breath of the Wild, but what does that mean?

Video game developers have messed with the minds of gamers for decades now. Before the days of Youtube and gaming forums, if you wanted to see everything a game like Chrono Trigger had to offer, you had to beat the game multiple times or play a friends’ file.

Most games are pretty straightforward with how their stories play out, and no matter what you achieve or fail at, the ending is usually singular. However, there have been notable titles in the past where multiple endings are the main focus of the game. Heavy Rain, Catherine, and Mass Effect are just a few that come to mind that did an excellent job of executing this concept.

The Legend of Zelda series dabbled with this idea before. If you play through the entirety of Link’s Awakening without losing a single life, a secret ending cinematic is unlocked. Majora’s Mask features a different credits sequence if you collect enough masks, and of course, there is the famous Hero Mode, which is often available in multiple titles after you beat the game the first time.

In a recent interview with IGN Portugal, Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma said there will be a whole new alternative ending in Breath of the Wild if specific tasks are completed.

“There is an alternate ending if you meet certain criteria. If you do a few things, you may see a different ending,” Aonuma replied during the interview."

Breath of the Wild is already expanding beyond the traditional Zelda formula. The game will feature an expansive open-world along with survival elements. Aonuma’s full interview with IGN Portugal will be posted soon, but we’ve already learned about the alternative ending, the lack of multi-language support, along with a golf-like mini game that will be playable.

The story in Breath of the Wild already gives the impression of an epic adventure unlike any other, and with an alternative ending, Nintendo looks like they’re trying to give fans lots to do for the newest entry in the legendary franchise.

Are you looking forward to Breath of the Wild's alternative ending? Will you complete all of the tasks necessary to view the ending, or will you watch it on YouTube as soon as you finish the game? 

Published Jan. 21st 2017

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