Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity devs on the challenges they faced during development, and the toughest characters to make

A unique game with unique challenges

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was no doubt a massive undertaking, especially considering the game that inspired it. Development on any game has its struggles, but what challenges came up during Age of Calamity's design process? 4Gamer talked to Koei Tecmo lead Ryota Matsuhita to find out.

The world of Breath of the Wild is such a complete, high-quality design throughout, so try to bring that world to life in its form from 100 years before, and doing so through the context of a Warriors game system no less, was a challenge from start to finish. In the end, I hope we were able to find a way that is “the same, while also different” by locking on to the key point of an action game fighting the war of 100 years ago.

Along with that, each character on the roster presented unique challenges. Matsuhita talked about which characters were tough to implement.

There are the characters who are perpetually airborne, or those who are many times larger than Link….. but certainly the most difficult was Zelda. Her personality is pretty far from “mowing down enemies,” so there was a lot of out-of-the-box trial-and-error in finding an appropriate way for her to fit in the heavy action game.

Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma says he is "blown away" by Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

A team you can trust

The gang at Famitsu had the chance to talk to numerous developers who were involved with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. That includes Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma, who was asked if he gave the Koei Tecmo team any strict/specific rules to follow during development. Turns out he didn't feel the need to, as he trusted them after seeing what they did with the original Hyrule Warriors. You can see his comment on the matter below, as translated by NintendoEverything.

The degree to which the Hyrule Warriors team understands The Legend of Zelda left me feeling confident they could make a game as strong as the first Hyrule Warriors. Because of that, I didn’t have to ask them to do anything in a specific way. And once again, I was blown away by the result.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity character showcase (special moves and more)

Check out some gameplay of EVERY character in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity! We go through every character's whole moveset, special attacks, gliding animations, and more! Be warned, there are spoilers in this video!

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity website lets you easily snag 100 Platinum Points

Hide and seek

Looking for 100 Platinum Points? You can collect them easy by taking a trip over to the official website for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. All you have to do is find the five "hidden" icons on the site, each of which nets you 20 Platinum Points. There's one for Link, and one for each Champion. Hunting them down should take you all of 5 minutes, which definitely makes the trouble worth it!

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity might contain a sly reference to Link: The Faces of Evil on CD-i

You, Link, are the hero!

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is now available, and fans have been spending countless hours battling their way through the land of Hyrule. Some of that time includes bouncing around the map to upgrade Link and his buddies, and some players think they've spotted a reference to a not-so-classic Zelda game hiding on the map.

As you can see in the image above, one spot on the map talks about the ability to train, so long as you have enough rupees. It might not seem like anything at first, but those who are familiar with Link: The Faces of Evil on Phillips CD-i think the line is a reference to that game. You can hear why that is by playing the clip below.

The two lines are pretty much exactly the same. Was this nothing but a coincidence, or a sly nod thrown in by the localization team?

How to unlock the final secret character in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Spoiler alert!!

We managed to unlock the final character in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, so here's a quick guide on how you can too, plus a quick showcase of what the character can do!

Eiji Aonuma explains how Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity came to be

Showing the previous unseen

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was the spin-off that no one saw coming. The original Hyrule Warriors was a surprise, but we still didn't see a pseudo-sequel in the pipeline. How did Nintendo decide to team with Koei Tecmo for this follow-up? Eiji Aonuma shared some insight in an interview with Game Informer.

We weren't able to depict the Great Calamity in BotW, but [Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro] Fujibayashi-san wanted to find a way to bring those events to life. Development on this project started when he got together with Hayashi-san from Koei Tecmo Games, who was interested in bringing the experience gained from working on Hyrule Warriors into a subsequent project, and we recognized the value of creating this new game.

European covers for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity are exploding with logos

Might be overkill

With the release of the Switch, we've noticed that both game boxes and game cards are being overloaded with various logos. It only seems to get worse as the months roll on, and Europe certainly gets the worst of it.

The latest example of logo insanity comes from Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. As you can see in the tweet above, some versions of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity have three different logos on the box! At least they're hanging out towards the bottom of the cover art, but it's still getting pretty cramped!

GameSpot Videos - Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Advanced Tips and Tricks, and Every Cutscene

GameSpot has put out two more videos for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. One features every cut-scene found in the game, and the other gives off some tips and tricks for advanced combat. Give them a watch above.

Experience the Untold Story of the Great Calamity in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Today

See what happened 100 years ago

Just incase you didn't remember, today's the launch day for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity! Need a recap on the game and what it offers? Check out Nintendo's official press release below.

The journey through Hyrule in the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game was shaped by dynamic characters with rich personal histories. Link and Zelda. Urbosa of the Gerudo. Daruk of the Gorons. Mipha of the Zora. Revali of the Rito. What if more of their stories remain to be told?

Now you can delve deeper into the Hyrule featured in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – and play as a number of its characters for the first time! Turn back the clock 100 years to the time of the Great Calamity with the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game, which launches today for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.

Witness the dramatic events of the Great Calamity with a diverse cast of playable characters and action-packed gameplay, and join the epic struggle that once brought Hyrule to its knees. A debut trailer for the game can be viewed here.

Featuring wild combos and over-the-top special abilities, the gameplay of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is fast-paced and requires on-the-fly deployment of shrewd strategies across evolving battlefields in order to prevail. If you’re a long-time Legend of Zelda fan, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity features a number of playable characters and creatures that have become series favorites, including Impa and the towering Divine Beasts, which are devastating tools in the right hands.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity offers a new spin on Musou-style games, with several unique additions that bring their own Legend of Zelda flavor. Rods with elemental affinities like fire, ice and lightning will interact with the environment, adding an extra layer of strategy to battles. You’ll also be able to use Sheikah Runes that vary in style between the different playable characters, with iconic abilities such as Cryonis and Magnesis. Make quick work of the hordes descending on Hyrule with these stylish tools at your disposal!

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is now available at a suggested retail price of $59.99. A free demo is also available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and on Nintendo.com. Save data from the demo does carry over to the full version of the game, once purchased. Try out the journey and keep your momentum rolling in the battles raging across Hyrule.


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