Breath of the Wild sequel developers ‘inspired by Red Dead’

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma also lists Skyrim as an influence on the team

Members of the development team behind the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 have reportedly been inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2.

“[Something] I did hear that a lot of people were playing was Red Dead Redemption 2.” Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma told IGN when asked which games younger members of the development team were inspired by.

Asked about the wider team, he added: “When I was working on Breath of the Wild, the director [Hidemaro Fujibayashi] was playing Skyrim.”

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently in development for Switch.

A trailer was shown during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation, although no further details were announced.

Switch launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time and is viewed by some as the highpoint in the celebrated series, which debuted in 1986.

Released in March 2017, it had sold almost 12.8 million copies as of March 2019, making it Switch’s fourth bestselling game behind Mario Kart 8 (16.69 million), Super Mario Odyssey (14.44 million) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (13.81 million).

It was also announced this week that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be released on September 20, 2019.