Zelda is one of the oldest and most successful series still alive today. With each new title using elements from the previous games, the series advances while remaining enjoyable. With all of the similar elements used in each games, could we look at the series’ rich history to predict its future?
IGN decided to delve into the history of Zelda in an attempt to predict what the next Zelda game might be like. They list and explain many great ideas that should return, such as a second quest after finishing the game (originally implemented in the original The Legend of Zelda) or time traveling, in order to “perfect the next title”. They also point out that some items, like the Roc’s Cape and Pegasus boots, should return as well.
It’s also worth mentioning that they propose the return of a few RPG elements which were originally introduced in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, such as the idea of earning points after defeating enemies in order to upgrade weapons, health, magic, and so on. It could make the gameplay a little more focused on combat, and is also considered a neat customization tool for the game.
Take a look at the article and, while you’re at it, be sure to express any ideas you have on what elements you’d like to see return to the series.