According to a job listing on Nintendo's Japanese website, the video game company is hiring a level designer for The Legend of Zelda series.
The hiring page lists all the aspects one would expect: salary, working hours, etc. Fans will most likely be interested in what exactly the job entails. When roughly translated, the job description is:
Depending on abilities and aptitude, you are responsible for the following tasks.
-Game event / dungeon / field planning, specification creation and adjustment, a series of tasks up to implementation
-Planning of enemy, preparation and adjustment of specifications, a series of tasks up to implementation
Based on the translated description, this person, when hired, will be heavily involved in the design process of what game (or level) the job listing is referring to. Dungeons are a key part of all things Zelda. The person will also be responsible for creating enemies, game events, and fields.
This is not confirmation of the next Legend of Zelda game. It could also be more DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It would not be a stretch, because Breath of the Wild has been a major success for Nintendo. The game has sold 8.48 million copies according to Nintendo, making it the bestselling Zelda game in the franchise. It has also won many awards, including Game of the Year from the Golden Joystick Awards and The Game Awards 2017. It has achieved a 97 on Metacritic, making it the second highest rated Zelda game, only losing out to Ocarina of Time's legendary score of 99.
Back in December, Nintendo released the expansive Champions' Ballad DLC for Breath of the Wild. Could Nintendo be working on more content to continue getting the most out of its acclaimed game? Or, it could very well be the next big Zelda experience. Breath of the Wild has been out for over a year now, so development on the next game is possible. According to Nintendo, development for Breath of the Wild began in 2013, and it took four years to release. If the next game is as ambitious, then it's safe to assume that we won't see it for awhile. It's also possible that this job listing is for a smaller scale game, like A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes. It is only a matter of time before we learn what's coming for the franchise.