Nintendo is recruiting developers for a new 3D Legend of Zelda game, which means that another installment in the fan-favorite video game series in already on the way. The last game, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, was a huge success that broke numerous sales records and earned many "Game of the Year" awards.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched in March 2017 for the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch. The game received several delays before it was finally released as a launch title for the Switch. The game topped the sales charts for that week by selling a combined 230,000 copies for both consoles. As of August of this year, Breath of the Wild has sold over 9 million units for the Switch alone.
A job listing on the Japanese version of the Nintendo website calls for a level designer and 3DCG designer to work on building dungeons for an unannounced 3D Legend of Zelda game. Though the job listing doesn't reveal any specific details about the new game, it does confirm that another Legend of Zelda game is in development.
Since Breath of the Wild released just last year, some may be surprised by the news. However, it should be noted that Legend of Zelda games are normally in development for several years. Breath of the Wild was announced in 2013 and didn't launch until four years later. A similar timeline was used for Skyward Sword for the Wii, which took from 2006 to 2011 develop. With this in mind, it will most likely be a while before any official details are revealed about the next Legend of Zelda project.
Since Twilight Princess was released for the Gamecube in 2006, Nintendo has only released one Zelda installment for each home console. This makes sense, considering the time and work that goes into the development of a Zelda game. Nintendo hasn't launched two Legend of Zelda games on the same console since Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask released on the Nintendo 64, just two years apart.
That pattern could change with the new game, especially since Breath of the Wild released at the very beginning of the Switch's life cycle. So by the time the next game launches, the Switch will most likely still be Nintendo's current main console. After all, the fastest-selling console in U.S. history isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The Switch is getting an improved version in 2019, and a new installment in the Zelda series could be the best way to extend the Switch's life cycle even more.