Zelda: Breath of the Wild Can Be Beaten Without Finishing Story

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a big game, but it sounds like you’ll be able to beat it without finishing the story. In an interview with Polygon, producer Eiji Aonuma said players might not get the full story “depending on how they play the game.”

“Users are able to go to the very end goal without revealing why Link woke up the way he did and where he did,” Aonuma said. “Whether you want to reveal the storyline and find out why Link woke up, or you want to just go straight to the goal, that’s an option totally up to the user.”

On GameSpot’s live E3 stage show, Nintendo representative Daniel Orihuela said you can go straight to the final area, though that might not be the best way to play the new Zelda.

“You might try to head toward the final area, but the enemies you discover–or what you discover on the way there–might be too hard for you to get through, so you might have to get other equipment and discover other areas before you can come back to areas you couldn’t get to,” Orihuela said.

Aonuma, however, told Polygon that it’s not impossible to beat it by going straight for the final boss from the beginning of the game.

“Anybody who can go straight to the goal without doing anything else–there’s two possibilities,” he said. “Either they’re a really good gamer, or they could be somebody that’s a little bit crazy.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release for Wii U and NX in 2017.