Miyamoto Dismisses Any Possibility Of Female Protagonist In Zelda; “Link is the Hero and That Will Not Change”

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Right before E3 2016, several leaks suggested that for the first time in Zelda’s history, we were going to have a female lead protagonist in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In an interview on Gamekult, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto explained why they didn’t proceed with the idea even though it was tossed around in the office, and why they also decided not to include it as an option for those who want to play as a female Link.

“We talked with the team about making a game centered about Sheik, so I cannot say it is impossible to see something of the sort in the future, but in the classic episodes of the series, Link is the hero and that will not change. For the rest, you have to be patient and see what happens!”

“…if we have princess Zelda as the main character who fights, then what is Link going to do? Taking into account that, and also the idea of the balance of the Triforce, we thought it best to come back to this [original] make up.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases in 2017 for Wii U and Nintendo’s next console, NX.