The director of Tears of the Kingdom sheds light on the fate of Breath of the Wild's Sheikah technology
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom transported players back to the expansive realm of Hyrule for a second adventure, albeit with notable differ...
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom transported players back to the expansive realm of Hyrule for a second adventure, albeit with notable differences from the first journey. One significant change was the conspicuous absence of all the Sheikah technology that once dotted the landscape in Breath of the Wild, leaving fans intrigued about its whereabouts. While the disappearance of the Sheikah Slate and shrines might not be too concerning, it's rather challenging to fathom that Link and his companions could have unintentionally misplaced something as monumental as a Divine Beast.
In an interview with the Telegraph (as reported by Eurogamer), director Hidemaro Fujibayashi of Tears of the Kingdom has provided fans with an answer to their lingering questions. However, those expecting an extensive exploration of the game's history and lore may be disappointed. According to Fujibayashi, the Sheikah technology vanished after the defeat of the Calamity in Breath of the Wild, seemingly disappearing as "their purpose had been fulfilled," leaving behind a sense of mystery and intrigue.
Fujibayashi explains, 'They vanished after the Calamity was defeated.' Although all the people of Hyrule witnessed this, there is no one who knows the mechanism or reason behind their disappearance, and it remains a mystery. It is believed that after the Calamity was vanquished, they also vanished, as their purpose had been fulfilled.
People have generally speculated that the disappearance is likely connected to the ancient Sheikah technology, but it appears that nobody has made significant efforts to delve deeper into the matter. Since the main civilizations in Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom are distinct from each other, we approached the game design by focusing on concepts that align with each of these civilizations.
If you're wondering why nobody in Tears of the Kingdom addresses the enigmatic disappearance of shrines and waypoints, it seems to be attributed to the prevalence of "mysterious events and strange phenomena" occurring frequently in Hyrule. In the eyes of the average Hyrulian, a towering structure or Divine Beast fading away into nothingness wouldn't be significant enough to elicit surprise, emphasizing the extent of trauma endured by the inhabitants of Hyrule.
Fujibayashi's response may not be the most gratifying one, as it appears he provided a somewhat absurd explanation simply to put an end to the persistent inquiries. He could have easily attributed it to magic, and fans would have had a similar reaction. Nevertheless, we now have an official explanation regarding the whereabouts of the Sheikah technology, albeit one that feels somewhat forced or contrived.