Breath of the Wild’s Tarry Town quest line was originally more ambitious, but BOTW 2 could bring back some of its cut settlement-building mechanics.
There is plenty for players to do in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but one of the more gratifying side quests in the game is “From the Ground Up,” in which Link helps with the construction of Tarrey Town in the northeastern Akkala region. At first, Tarrey Town is nothing more than an outcropping of rock accessible by a natural bridge, and Link must gather wood and villagers for the new settlement.
Tarrey Town is but a glimpse into a larger mechanic that was pared down prior to release, but has potential to appear in some capacity in the Breath of the Wild sequel currently only known as BOTW 2. The development of Breath of the Wild was long, and lead to many gameplay features ultimately being cut, including some early unused Divine Beast concepts. Luckily, some of these cut features might make an appearance in the sequel, which incredibly may end up being more ambitious than the original.
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YouTube channel DidYouKnowGaming? has done a deep dive on a handful of behind-the-scenes secrets from Breath of the Wild‘s development. One of the video’s highlights is a look at the ambitious initial idea for Tarrey Town’s construction. According to Breath of the Wild‘s Lead Structural Artist Manabu Takehara, the square, sectional buildings used to create Tarrey Town were originally going to allow for customization by the player. Not only that, but the structures could’ve been placed in other parts of Hyrule as well, letting players shape Hyrule like never before.
There’s a Possibility for Settlement Building in BOTW2
Link’s first foray into Hyrule’s real estate scene comes when he purchases a house for 3,000 Rupees and 30 bundles of wood from a construction company owner named Bolson. Buying this house in Breath of the Wild leads Bolson to expand his enterprise by sending his trusted employee Hudson to Akkala for the foundation of Tarrey Town, which is to be built using Bolson’s revolutionary stacked construction technique. Although the completed layout of Tarrey Town is the same for everyone who finishes the “From the Ground Up” quest, it was originally intended for players to build the new settlement as they see fit.
The block-shaped rooms would have allowed players to create buildings incrementally, and even had attachable accessories such as wooden decks and flower beds. If Breath of the Wild 2 is going to have more people around the world, they’ll need places to live. Nintendo will undoubtedly make some changes to Hyrule’s map for BOTW 2, but bringing back the customizable buildings would bring an additional level of interaction in the effort to rebuild Hyrule following the Calamity.
Buying the house from Bolson in Hateno Village does little more than give BOTW players a place to display sets of armor and weapons. Breath of the Wild mods have added new features to Link’s house, making it more useful than the base game’s version. A more robust domicile system, combined with the ability to construct settlements with Bolson’s stackable buildings, would bring even more player freedom to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.
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