A few years ago, Nintendo enlisted the aid of Monolith Soft to assist in the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now it seems the Big N is putting even more trust into Monolith Soft, as the company seems to be actively hiring people to work on a new, unannounced Legend of Zelda game, presumably for the Switch.
Monolith Soft has sent out a tweet looking for recruits, and is currently hiring programmers, designers, technical artists, and support staff. Details on the Monolith Soft Legend of Zelda game are currently unavailable, but it’s a safe bet that it’s not The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake for the Switch or the recently-revealed Crypt of the NecroDancer/Legend of Zelda crossover game Cadence of Hyrule.
Instead it’s likely that this is a brand new Zelda project from Monolith Soft. But while the Xenoblade studio is working on a new Zelda, it’s possible that Nintendo is still the primary developer on the game. Again, we know next to nothing about the project except that it exists, and so Monolith Soft’s role in its development may not be quite as involved as this hiring spree would make it seem.
Then again, it’s not unprecedented for Nintendo to outsource the development of its Zelda games. Perhaps the most famous example of Nintendo collaborating with other studios on The Legend of Zelda is when it partnered with Capcom to create handheld Zelda games, including Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, and The Minish Cap.
— 株式会社モノリスソフト (@MONOLITHSOFT) March 28, 2019
Of course, it’s worth pointing out that while Monolith Soft is not an internal Nintendo team that would usually handle the development of a Zelda game, the company is still owned by Nintendo. This makes it even more likely that Nintendo would look to Monolith Soft to make the next Zelda, especially when taking into account the consistent critical acclaim it’s enjoyed since Xenoblade Chronicles launched for the Wii.
While it’s too early at this point to say much about what the new Zelda game from Monolith Soft will be, fans of the franchise should rest easy knowing it’s in development. And in the meantime, they can look forward to the Link’s Awakening remake and Cadence of Hyrule on the Switch later this year.