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Zelda: Breath of the Wild players are finding ways to leave The Great Plateau early… sort of

Posted on April 16, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Switch, Videos, Wii U

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has very few restrictions. Even in the opening section, you have a huge area to explore – that being The Great Plateau.

The only limitation is that you need to complete a few tasks before leaving The Great Plateau. Once that’s done, you’ll be given Link’s trusty paraglider. It’s then that you’re free to leave and explore Hyrule to its fullest.

But leave it to players of finding ways of overcoming this one restriction. Using the trick we’ve seen many times before with Stasis, YouTuber mety333 managed to reach Hyrule early.

This does come with a big caveat at the moment, however. It’s possible to do simple tasks such as battling enemies and catching / riding horses. It looks like a boundary is in place though, so if you stray too far, you’ll be warped back to The Great Plateau.

This is nonetheless another interesting thing that players have managed to do in Breath of the Wild. It’s also very odd seeing the gray haze initially covering The Great Plateau from the outside!

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  • Kalmaro

    Well, at least they tried.

  • I really wanted to at the beginning, but frankly it doesn’t make any sense.
    He’s got Stasis and Magnesis.. what’s the difference? He may as well get the other skills and leave normally.

    • notovny

      If Speedrunning, not having to do a third shrine (or any shrines)or get the paraglider would save quite some time, if it were possible to proceed from that point.

  • dbizal

    Such a pointless exercise… Just play the game properly. Or if you’re done move on to another one.

    • Jonathan Cromwell

      So you are say that in an open world game where one of the main draws is freedom and possibility that they need to play it properly?

      • dbizal

        The first section isn’t about freedom though. You are guided a certain way and then left to play the game as you wish. It’s evident that you are not meant to progress until you get the glider so it’s pointless trying to exploit around it.

    • MaxPower27

      This is only relevant to the speedrunning community. It’ll shave a good amount of time off their runs if they figure out an exploit that’ll let them skip most of the plateau. Ordinary people are not going to be doing this.

  • Hermione Granger

    the game is so great that they have to cheat now…

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