We continue to discover secrets and curiosities about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in this case with Link’s sunburn mechanic.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game of immense scope and the fact that, four years after its release, we continue to discover secrets like this regarding Link’s sunburns speaks volumes about the richness and complexity. of this title, a real compendium of game design.
The youtuber Postposterous has published a video showing Link’s progressive sunburn process up to a sort of total burn, demonstrating how the situation normally shown in the game is only a fraction of the possible consequences that the protagonist of the game can receive from excessive sun exposure in desert areas.
This is not something that can normally happen in a game of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, considering that in the standard game Link gets burned much earlier and loses energy or otherwise forces to find shelter before reaching the extreme consequences. What we see in the game is roughly equivalent to 4% of the degree of burn seen in this video.
The unlocking of the following phases can be carried out with a sort of mod that eliminates the consequences of sunburn and reactions in terms of gameplay, thus showing a poor Stoic and immobile Link under the sun, while his skin darkens more and more up to get to 100% sunburn with a fatal burn. The interesting thing, however, is that apparently Nintendo has also included the subsequent phases of the process in the code , although these are not normally visible to the player, with a real sunburn mechanic that is progressively reflected in the color of the skin.