December 12, 2017
One of the greatest things about Breath of the Wild is that you have the ability to go almost anywhere and do almost anything. One minor thing that some players have noticed is Link is unable to pet dogs. While it isn’t that important for the game, it would still be cool to take some time to relax, take in the scenery, and make friends with some dogs. In a recent interview, IGN caught up with Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and this is what he had to say on the matter.
“In the game it seems like you can do anything, but what it really is are all these interlocking systems where you actually have a pretty limited number of actions that can do a ton of different things. So if it came down to something like petting a dog, we would actually have to put in a custom action just for petting a dog that couldn’t really be used for anything else.”
“In terms of design philosophy, it just didn’t fit with how we actually made the game world. It’s actually more about taking a smaller number of actions and using them in as many ways as possible.”
“When we offered the idea that a petting system would allow you to also pet creatures like Bokoblins or resolve the game’s conflict by petting Ganon, maybe if there had been some good reason to do that, we might have done that.”
How do you feel about this? Is it something you never even noticed, or is it something that has actually made you upset? Let us know in the comments!