During a Nintendo investor’s meeting, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed figures The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would need to achieve to be successful. Breath of the Wild will need “2 million sales” in order to cover the cost of production.
Reports of the meeting were made by Twitter user NStyles and later translated by user Cheesemeister.
“Breath of the Wild has over 100 staff, and over 300 people in the credits, spending over 5 years [on the game’s development],” Miyamoto said. “Our current efforts will be helpful in the next production. The costs will be recovered by selling in large volumes, passing 2 million sales.”
Nintendo is aiming at a broader audience with Zelda’s next installment. “A game is a hit in the domestic market if it reaches 300k sales, but we’re targeting worldwide sales,” Miyamoto continued.
According to Nintendo, as of March 31st, the Wii U’s top selling Zelda game is Winder Waker HD with over 1.72 million units sold. In addition to the Zelda-related news Miyamoto revealed that the company is “researching” VR. He also provided insight behind Nintendo’s decision to withhold unveiling the NX during E3.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release simultaneously on Wii U and NX sometime in 2017.