As we know, an exciting new Legend of Zelda game has been announced at this year’s E3. Longtime Nintendo game designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto has also revealed that Xenoblade studio Monolith Soft will be assisting Nintendo with its development.
“Yes, they are involved in this Zelda,” Miyamoto explained. “People from Tokyo and Kyoto are working together on this. There is a team of over 100 [from Monolith Soft] helping work on this project, and their work has really been helpful.”
The two studios have collaborated in the past, with Monolith Soft also assisting in the development of 2011’s Skyward Sword.
Nintendo didn’t disclose what specific aspects of development Monolith Soft would be working on, but given the latter studio’s rich history in open-world games, its easy to imagine that their input will prove invaluable to the creative process.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release for Wii U and NX in 2017.
Monolith Soft’s most recent game, Xenoblade Chronicles X, received a score of 8 in GameSpot’s review, in which critic Peter Brown wrote, “[It] is a grand adventure that satiates your appetite for exploration and combat in ways that few games ever do, but because getting started is half the battle, it’s an experience reserved for dedicated players who have the patience and energy to unearth its greatest treasures.”