To the surprise of many, the second DLC pack for Breath of the Wild was revealed and released during The Game Awards 2017. However, even more shocking was the footage of Link riding what appeared to be a beefed-up version of his motorcycle from Mario Kart 8. A recent interview by Nintendo (available exclusively through the Nintendo Switch’s News channel) with the producer and director of Breath of the Wild, Eiji Aonuma and Hidemaro Fujibayashi respectively, explains this curious inclusion, as well as the Ancient Saddle and Ancient Bridle upgrades for horses.
When asked about the Master Cycle Zero, Aonuma mentioned it was his idea to include it. He explained that before he began riding a motorcycle, the world felt much smaller to him and being able to navigate with a bike made it seem vast and full of possibility. He said he felt a similar feeling of freedom when walking around in Breath of the Wild, so he thought adding a bike would translate well into the game. The staff loved the idea, and so the Master Cycle Zero came to be.
Fujibayashi added that he was concerned whether or not developing the bike was even possible, or if it would break the game. In the end, the staff discussed what they felt would be a suitable reward for completing the DLC and the bike seemed to be the best prize they could offer players.
Nintendo also asked the pair to talk about the new horse gear and whether any other sets of armor or abilities couldn’t make it into the game. Fujibayashi discloses the creation of the motorcycle brought with it a request to upgrade the horses’ abilities. Their aim with the horse gear was not to add anything new, but to enhance what the horses could already do. For that reason, the Ancient Saddle allows a horse to teleport to Link’s location, while the Ancient Bridle gives them more spurs.
Aonuma also revealed the upgrades are based on ancient gear because the concept of warping resonated most with the ancient technology from the game.
As odd as a motorcycle being in Breath of the Wild may seem, it actually doesn’t surprise me at this point. Regardless of why it’s there, it is pretty satisfying to use. If you haven’t yet played the latest DLC, I highly recommend it!