Released last week, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown has greatly impressed many Metroidvania fans, including myself. And just days ago, two of the developers from Ubisoft Montpellier took to the r/metroidvania subreddit for an AMA, answering questions from fans about The Lost Crown. The questions ranged from things like the game’s inspirations, why they decided to bring Prince of Persia back, and where the series could go from here.
One Prince of Persia designer would love to work on a Legend of Zelda game
One fan, IceKrabby, asked the developers what IP they would like to work on that they haven’t had access to, and Remi Boutin, a senior designer on the Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown team, replied that he “would LOVE to work with the Zelda IP. Maybe a strange spinoff based on Adventure of Link.” Adventure of Link, in this case, is Zelda II: Adventure of Link, the side-scrolling action/adventure sequel to the original Legend of Zelda.
Could a Zelda II remake or spinoff work as a Metroidvania?
All things considered, I think Zelda II is a great option for Ubisoft Montpellier to work on, given how fantastically they handled making Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. Much like the original Prince of Persia games, Zelda II is lacking plenty of elements that would later come to be staples in the Metroidvania genre, instead being a 2D side-scrolling action/adventure game. According to the developers of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, they didn’t start out making a Metroidvania game; they started with several core elements of a Prince of Persia game and felt that it naturally evolved into a Metroidvania once they realized what they had on their hands. I think the situation could be similar with Zelda II, given its 2D landscape and The Legend of Zelda series’ past propensity for progressive item upgrades.
For a long time I’ve felt that Zelda II could be worth revisiting in a modern era, especially through the lens of the past few decades worth of Metroidvanias. To me, a Metroidvania-inspired Zelda II spinoff sounds like an exciting prospect, and given Ubisoft’s history with working with Nintendo on games like Mario + Rabbids and Starlink, I don’t think it’s entirely out of the realm of possibility.
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