According to Eiji Aonuma, Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was essentially complete when it was delayed. My son really wanted this game a year ago. He was completely uninterested when it was released, until he saw me play it. Now he’s hooked and we have bonded over it.
Series producer Eiji Aonuma told The Washington Post that Tears of the Kingdom was basically complete when the delay was announced. The team ended up spending about a year on polish and to ensure that the physics worked properly.Nintendo Everything
Aonuma hopes “Tears of the Kingdom” will inspire people to rethink how they approach obstacles outside the screen. He thinks of his son and his frustration around everyday problems. “I’ll ask him, ‘What was your goal when trying to reach this result?’ And he’ll say ‘I wasn’t really thinking much when I was doing it. I just did it,’” Aonuma said, with a deep sigh. “I would really be happy if our game encourages imaginative thinking in people, and that they could carry that into their real lives.”Washington Post
I do think that Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is polished. It definitely succeeds where Jedi: Survivor failed. At least EA continues to patch the game. I personally like both games, but one has issues that the other does not. Can you figure out which is which?