According to Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a cool little thing for speedrunners.
Speaking with Polygon during E3, Nintendo confirmed that players who prefer to progress through a game as quickly as possible will be able to do so with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
According to the game’s producer Eiji Aonuma, if they choose to do, players will be able to get to the game’s end battle without looking for crucial story-related answers such as why Link woke up and other things like that:
Users may not actually get the full story depending on how they play this game and how they strategize and solve puzzles. Users are able to go to the very end goal without revealing why Link woke up the way he did and where he did. Whether you want to reveal the storyline and find out why Link woke up, or you want to just go straight to the goal, that’s an option totally up to the user.
Aonuma said that for some players it is a challenge to see who can complete the game first. And this is why the studio decided to allow them to reach the game’s final boss right off the bat:
Anybody who can go straight to the goal without doing anything else — there’s two possibilities. Either they’re a really good gamer, or they could be somebody that’s a little bit crazy. But it’s not impossible. I created the game like that. Maybe it might be fun for fans to compete in a challenge for who can clear it first.
Surely, this is not the first time that we are seeing something like this. Titles like Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End allow players to do the same thing. In addition to these, Dark Souls games have numerous speedrunners that only eliminate the must-kill bosses and end the game, but obviously they take advantage of various glitches and exploits.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled to release sometime in 2017 for Nintendo Wii U and the NX console.