Is The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes part of the Legend of Zelda series timeline? Does the kingdom of Hytopia have any connection to Hyrule? And say, what happened to purple Link? We decided to put these questions, and more, to the developers of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes!
Where does The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes fall in the series’ timeline?
The game takes place several years after A Link Between Worlds and features the same hero. Certain events bring him to the kingdom of Hytopia, where he dresses as he does in order to hide his heroic origins. There’s no telling where the other hero candidates come from, but the player character you control is the true Hyrulian hero from A Link Between Worlds. If you aren’t familiar with what he was up to in A Link Between Worlds, I’d definitely recommend giving it a play.
What happened to the purple Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures?
The purple Link from Four Swords Adventures was one of the Link clones created by the power of the Four Sword itself. The three main characters of this game, meanwhile, are “hero candidates” different from Link himself. The idea of controlling a trio worked out well in terms of game design, too, so purple Link is taking a break from this game.
Why can The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes be played with only three players and not four?
There are several reasons. First, our thought with this game was to let you stack characters into a totem to reach higher places. Having four people would make rearranging this totem difficult, and the two people in the middle wouldn’t have much to do a lot of the time. In terms of the camera, too, we’d have to zoom out from the environment the higher the stack gets, which would naturally make the player characters smaller.
Having a trio creates certain advantages as well. If you’re divided into groups of two and one, the sole player gets worried about being separated from the group, and the other two get worried about how they’ve lost their partner. As a result, they’ll start to naturally stick together and try to work as a trio. Also, when a group of people are deciding upon something, they generally rely on majority vote a lot of the time. With four people, this creates the chance of a 2-2 tie, making it hard to make snap judgments on what to do next. Having a trio work together is suited pretty well for puzzle-solving.
Most games in The Legend of Zelda series have a connection to Hyrule. Does the land of Hytopia connect to Hyrule in any way?
Hyrule and Hytopia are connected. The game’s set several years after A Link Between Worlds as well, and the hero visiting Hytopia is also the hero who saved Lorule.
What was your inspiration for The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes?
We got inspiration from the system in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks where you alternated between controlling your player character and the Phantoms. We thought it’d be neat if you could take that Phantom/player control mechanic and play as a team with your friend or significant other or whatnot.
Mr. Aonuma, the producer, has also wanted to make another Four Swords-type multiplayer game for a while. He felt that concept was a good match for A Link Between Worlds, so he brought up the concept of a new multiplayer Zelda right after we finished development on A Link Between Worlds.
Source: Nintendo UK.
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