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Retro Studios Legend Of Zelda Spinoff Pitch Would Have You Rescue Link
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Retro Studios Legend Of Zelda Spinoff Pitch Would Have You Rescue Link 1 week, 3 days ago #48061

It's been uncovered that Metroid Prime series engineer Retro Studios was apparently working on a Legend of Zelda spin-off pitch that saw players rescue Link for a change. The Legend of Zelda is perhaps of gaming's most well known and long-running franchise, with 19 main entries in the series alongside several remakes and remasters. Alongside a significant number of the Zelda games that are currently known to be in development, such as Breath of the Wild 2, there are also rumors that Wind Waker and Twilight Princess HD Switch ports are in the works as well.

Nintendo has been slowly bringing more classic Zelda titles to the Switch throughout recent years, with the most recent being The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening in 2019 and Skyward Sword HD last year. The franchise has also released a number of spin-off titles, including Hyrule Warriors: Period of Calamity in 2020. While Period of Calamity is considered ordinance, despite the fact that it takes place in an alternate timeline before the events of Breath of the Wild, large numbers of the franchise's spin-offs aren't perceived as part of the series' accepted timeline. Some of the Zelda spin-off games that aren't ordinance interestingly include the original Hyrule Warriors and the Cd I Zelda games from the '90s.

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YouTube channel DidYouKnowGaming? (by means of Nintendo Everything) recently released another video that uncovered that Retro Studios was actually working on a pitch for The Legend of Zelda. The game was supposed to be named Heroes of Hyrule and featured interactivity similar to games like Final Fantasy Tactics. It would have focused on three main characters - a Goron, Zora, and Rito - who set out to rescue Link, who has been captured by Ganon. The plot eventually concludes 100 years later where Link is an elderly person who owns an antiquities shop.

This isn't the first Zelda game concept that Retro Studios has dealt with. It was also uncovered last year that the studio was also working on a prototype for a post-apocalyptic Zelda game starring a Sheikah sometime between 2005 and 2008. According to that report, the protagonist of the ultimately dropped game would have centered around the last surviving Sheikah as well as an origin story for the Master Sword, among several other narrative points.

It's entirely expected for computer game pitches, concepts, or prototypes to not progress into actual development and release. Nonetheless, it's always interesting to see and find out about the ideas developers think of for some fan-favorite franchises, while also lamenting what could have been. This particular Legend of Zelda concept is no exception, as it sounds like it could've been a special entry in the franchise.
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