Today we have some interesting details about the development of Guardians coming from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Creating a Champion. Guardians are one of the most feared enemies in Breath of the Wild.
In the book, Nintendo artist Takafumi Kiuchi reveals how the Guardian evolved from conception to its final form. Let’s see what he has to say below.
First, Kiuchi shared the two characteristics of the Guardians he and his colleagues had in mind during the conception process – Guardians should have many legs so they can worth smoothly, and they should have a design based on ancient culture.
As Nintendo didn’t know whether Guardians should be made into allies or enemies, the development team had to draw something neutral so their artwork could be used in any way they like.
As you’d probably expect, the most unique characteristic of the Guardian is its legs. Kiuchi says he designed the Guardian’s legs in a way for it to “bend freely like an accordion” and move over uneven terrain. The flame-shaped pottery from the Jōmon Period was used as inspiration for the Guardian’s body, which you can clearly see below:
Last but not least, Kiuchi revealed they created a Guardian fortress with many lasers, but the idea was never used in the final game.
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