Sooo Polygon confirmed that Link will not speak. I guess the better question is: should Link speak?
But what's even more shocking is that Aonuma says voice is only punctuated in key scenes to make an impact. The question of how much or how little voice work is actually in BotW is still up in the air but it does leave you scratching your head. Finding this out, personally knocks the sail out of my excitement quite a bit but I'm no Zelda fanatic so I'll turn the question to you. Is this a deal breaker?
Quote from Aonuma - "It’s not that I made everything voiced. But I have these moments where I want to leave impressions on users. I add voice there."
It's really hard to make a subtle thread to get people talking. I have to clarify what I'm getting at. Of course it's no problem for a Zelda game to not be fully voiced. My worry comes from Aonuma's statement. This was the coming out party for the Switch and Zelda is the flagship title. Aonuma is the lead creative on this anticipated game and anything anyone important at Nintendo says during this unveil will be analyzed and scrutinized. A lot of people are assuming the cutscenes will be voiced and that'll be cool. Which, that would be cool with me as well. What worries me is that, in fact, that's not the case. People will be satisfied with that but that's just not what Aonmua said. "I have these moments where I want to leave impressions on users. I add voice there." I really don't think I'm reading that much into this. I think we're looking at an extremely disjointed and awkward blend of voiced material up against text boxes.