Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Tears of the Kingdom – Zonai Confirmed

Soldier Construct Horn, Zonai Charge

Every observant Zelda fan will have probably noticed the above detail from the first gameplay footage: the Constructs drop a "Zonai Charge" when defeated, which confirms that are from a Zonai origin, the mysterious magic tribe who has left all the ruins over Hyrule. There has been a ton of speculation about this, also on this blog, even though I usually don't dive into story speculation as much, because I'm personally more interested in gameplay and content... But this has been a huge topic since last year's trailer with the title logo and all that.

And this finally all confirms it. If you had any doubts left, then they should be no more. Tears of the Kingdom will deal with the Zonai, whether you like it or not, and all abilities that we've seen today are very likely of Zonai origin as well. And this will make a lot of fans very happy, because there has been a lot of interest in this big mystery from Breath of the Wild, where I can't wait to see how it all will be connected.

This feels a bit surreal, not going to lie, because Nintendo usually loves to leave such mysteries simply mysteries. But then again, we also got the official timeline at some point, so they do listen to what the fans may want to know... From time to time.

And Breath of the Wild has been very good at expanding the existing lore and world of Hyrule, instead of coming up with completely new things. Well, the Zonai were new, of course, but they weren't the focus, unlike the Minish or the Twili in their respective games for example. But now that the Zonai were established as a thing in the universe of Zelda, it makes it more interesting that Tears of the Kingdom is expanding upon that, instead of simply coming up with another ancient tribe of magic wielders that never have been mentioned in any Zelda game ever before... It's quite smart, really.

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