Aonuma Confirms Skyrim Had Some Influence on Breath of the Wild

By Hick
January 10, 2018

I just recently started playing Skyrim when it came out on the Nintendo Switch. I’ve had an Xbox One for quite a while, but I never got it because at that time I wasn’t really interested in open world games, unless they were Grand Theft Auto. Since playing Breath of the Wild, I am now realizing what I missed out on. Open world games are amazing and you can go about completing them any way you want. Each playthough is different.

No one should be surprised that Breath of the Wild was somewhat influenced by elements of Skyrim. In a recent interview with GameSpot, Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and producer Eiji Aonuma sat down to discuss the genesis of the game, how they created such a large game, and what influences Skyrim had on the development. Here is what Fujibayashi had to say,

“I don’t actually myself play a lot of other games. I obviously am well versed in them, I know what’s happening in them. But this ending up in this kind of bigger open world really started from the prototype stage where, just kind of naturally by virtue of what we wanted to do in this game, we started to realize that we absolutely do need this bigger open world in order to make the kind of game that we wanted.”

Having never created anything as large as Breath of the Wild, Nintendo needed research data and material. Skyrim helped provide some of that. According to Eiji Aonuma,

“In the past I’ve also actually said that I have played Skyrim, so it’s not necessarily that I don’t play games. But we don’t look at it from, ‘Oh, what kind of things can we take from this game?’ It’s more of like, ‘How can we prepare for this? What should we expect from games like this?’ And so we also think about how many people we might need, or how we can make it improved, or with the number of people. We would collect data and then work and see what worked, what didn’t.”

I find it interesting that they only mentioned Skyrim when there are numerous other open world games out there. They could have studied various elements from different games. Each game has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Some games do certain things better than other games. What other open world games would you have liked to see have an influence on Breath of the Wild. Let us know down in the comments!

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