Nintendo put up a stellar performance for their presentation showcase, which brought three whole days of E3 press conferences to a well-rounded finish. Part of the reason for the show’s success is largely attributed to the surprise reveal of a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel that immediately caused fans to break out in geeky excitement.
It was only a short teaser reel, but the breathtaking visuals and underlying intrigue spoke plenty of its vast potential. In an interview with IGN, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has revealed the main source of inspiration for the team, and the answer might not surprise some.
“[Something] I did hear was that a lot of people were playing Red Dead Redemption 2,” he said in response to a question about the type of games that have specifically inspired the younger staff.
And while Rockstar Games’ gun-slinging juggernaut was the go-to source for them, Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi found inspiration from Skyrim.
As for the man himself? “Recently, I’ve been very busy, especially with Link’s Awakening…So on my breaks I’ve been playing (rhythm-based game) Cadence of Hyrule,” he shared. “So I’ve been kind of overloaded with a lot of Zelda recently.”