As Hyrule Warriors is a spin-off from the Zelda franchise, Dynasty Warriors publisher Tecmo Koei is able to freely change or mould parts of the universe without upsetting the canon or timeline. So it’s with some surprise that Princess Zelda is no longer bearing the “princess” royalty tag, rather she’s Hyrule’s Queen with a large army at her fingertips.
In a recent interview with MMGN, Tecmo Koei producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi, along with Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma spoke on the heroine’s character and her elevation up the royal ladder. Queen Zelda’s relationship with Link, in particular, changes as players progress through the story.
Hayashi: “In Hyrule Warriors Princess Zelda is actually Queen Zelda. She has an army, as a Queen would, and Link is a trainee, but as the story unfolds the relationship between the two greatly changes.”
Aonuma: “With regard to Princess Zelda and her position in each story, we always position her where it’s best suited for that story or theme. We always try to achieve her best position within the story with each game or iteration. Just because she’s one way in one game, it doesn’t mean she’ll be the same way in the next game. We definitely change how Zelda is used and position her where it’s best for the experience. That’s as Queen and one of the playable characters in Hyrule Warriors.”
It’s interesting to note that the Japanese version of A Link Between Worlds also mentioned Zelda becoming Queen, but was scrapped within western localizations. With Zelda no longer confined as the princess in the castle, could we be looking at a larger role for her in future Zelda titles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. You can see her latest character trailer for Hyrule Warriors, here.