Nintendo's internal interview about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has revealed another interesting tidbit. For a good portion of time during the game's development, the locations of Kakariko Village and Korok Forest were actually swapped. Check out what Nintendo had to say about the situation below.
“The truth is, since the beginning of development to the middle of development, Kakariko Village was at where Korok Forest currently is, and Korok Forest was at where Kakariko Village currently is. In the final product, we swapped their positions.
The terrain leader suggested to change positions of (Kakariko) Village, and since everyone agreed, the suggestion landed on the director’s desk.
As time was precious, we were all prepared for the director to refuse our suggestion. Surprisingly, he agreed with us and said ‘Definitely, there are many good things that could come out of (changing their positions), so if the terrain designers agree with this, let’s do it.’
I think we all know what'll happen now. Some fan is going to mod the game to swap locations in order to experience what the game was like earlier in development. I wonder how much of a difference it would actually make!