Japanese developers Monolith Soft have posted several job advertisements for a new Legend of Zelda project.
The positions advertised are for a variety of specialisms including designers, programmers, and technical artists amongst others.
Monolith Soft (not to be confused with US-based Monolith Productions) are best known as the developers of the Xenosaga and Xenoblade games, a series of expansive open-world RPGs created by Tetsuya Takahashi. Takahashi came up with the concept for the original Xenogears game whilst working for Squaresoft back in 1996, but later left to set up his own studio.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a massive critical and commercial success, it made some bold changes to the classic Zelda formula which revitalised the franchise and made it the best-selling instalment to date. Part of this success was due to the outstanding work of the Monolith Soft team, who were commissioned by Nintendo to work alongside their own developers – and contributed most notably to the game’s environmental design. If you’ve ever played either of the Xenoblade games you’ll definitely be able to see Monolith Soft’s influence throughout Breath of the Wild’s vision of Hyrule.
It’s not clear yet if this new Zelda project is being developed entirely by Monolith Soft, or if they will be supporting a lead team at Nintendo again. Given the number and nature of the positions advertised though, it is likely that the project is only in its very early stages.
You can take a closer look over at Monolith Soft’s recruitment page.