The Nintendo Switch presentation earlier this evening closed with a brand new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The trailer gives us a new look at many of the areas in the game, but the biggest new feature shown in the trailer is the addition of full voice acting for major characters.
Fans have long debated whether or not The Legend of Zelda should have voice acting. Some have taken the time to present evidence that the series should never have voice acting while others have presented evidence supporting its inclusion. For better or worse, the addition of voice acting is now a reality.
The new trailer gives us only a small taste of the voice acting, but it is more significant than the short phrases that we heard while playing the demo at E3 2016. Where we previously heard simple phrases like “open your eyes,” which some felt were no more significant than the “Hey!” and “Listen!” of previous Zelda games, we now hear pieces of conversation which have no doubt been cleverly edited to keep the game’s story a secret. In the brief glimpse at the voice acting, we hear an elderly female voice, an elderly male voice, a Goron, and what is assumed to be the voice of Zelda.
The inclusion of voice acting brings Breath of the Wild closer to the standard set by the rest of the industry and, as promised, continues to break with tradition. With the game’s release only six weeks away, it won’t be long before we know for sure how voice acting will affect the storytelling of the game.