The upcoming Zelda: Breath of the Wild for both the Wii U and Nintendo Switch has had some new concept art revealed of Link in his new blue clothes but it seems that’s not all we have to look forward to when it comes to the world of Hyrule.
The concept art (shown above) from Nintendo has Link in his new blue garb. This has been an ongoing part of the game’s imagery and it appears that the more traditional green clothing from the older games may be more of a rarity in the game.
Considering that Breath of the Wild is likely set in Hyrule’s far off ruined future, having the game deviate from what is expected is not overly surprising.
That said, in addition to the new blue clothing we’ve also seen Link don all manner of other outfits as well. Due to the open world setup present in Breath of the Wild, Link clearly has greater priorities in terms of basic survival, so the shift in attire is understandable.
It is clear Hyrule in Breath of the Wild is far more of a dangerous and unpredictable place and that the emphasis is more about adapting to any given situation, rather than the more restrictive approach used in the earlier games.
Talking of Hyrule, it looks like we have a new Hyrule Encyclopedia to look forward to next year. This will be released in February in Japan and it’s likely we’ll see the book come Westward later next year.
Following the release of the excellent Hyrule Historia and the upcoming Art & Artifacts, Zelda fans are finally getting some very nice books covering these expansive series of games.
Hyrule Historia is especially fascinating as it finally lay to rest much of the debates surrounding the Zelda series’ complex timeline. It also had a really lovely prequel manga for Skyward Sword.
Personally, I am curious as to what this new Hyrule Encyclopedia will contain, as both Art & Artifacts and Hyrule Historia are already very comprehensive in terms of their content. However, it sounds like this new book will list more about individual items in the games as well as explain their function.
In any case, there’s a lot to look forward to next year if you’re a fan of the Zelda series.
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