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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Over the years we’ve seen many instances in which Nintendo resorted to a very common strategy in the gaming industry: releasing a very successful title followed by a sequel using many of the tools created for its predecessor. Engine, assets, animation, and other elements are some of the things that are brought back.

Now we’re waiting on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which seems to be taking a lot of elements from the last successful Zelda game. In today’s video, I decided to take a look at other direct sequels that Nintendo produced in the past, analyzing the different strategies and trying to see where the new Zelda may fit into that. You can check out the video down below.

zelda breath of the wild 2 spring 2023

Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not launch this year as originally expected. The game has been delayed to Spring 2023, series producer Eiji Aonuma has announced.

Aonuma and Nintendo as a were last targeting release sometime in 2022.

The full message from Aonuma reads:

It’s officially been two years since we first found out about the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Fans were treated to a new trailer today, but we’re not any closer to learning what the actual title is.

Regarding why Nintendo hasn’t shared the official name yet, Nintendo Treehouse’s Bill Trinen told IGN:

It’s been two years since Nintendo first unveiled the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and we haven’t seen it since. Series producer Eiji Aonuma promised news for 2021 earlier this year, and during today’s E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, a status update was finally provided.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will launch in 2022. Watch a new trailer below.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

A number of high-profile Switch games currently lack release dates. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, and Shin Megami Tensei V are all on the horizon, but there’s no word on when they’ll be available.

There’s an interesting bit of news concerning these titles stemming from the Epic vs. Apple trial. An internal document from Xbox surfaced today, which contains a rough outline of “high-profile” Xbox One releases for the Q3 and Q4 2020 period in addition to Microsoft’s expectations of notable releases from other companies. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, and Shin Megami Tensei V are all here, with Microsoft believing as of last August that they could have launched between October and December.

Update: It’s been spotted that the pamphlet was first released towards the end of 2019, and was published by GamesRadar. We apologize for any confusion.

Original: Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was announced at E3 back in June 2019, but hasn’t been seen since then. While Nintendo only shared a brief trailer at the time, that was enough for plenty of fan speculation.

A big part of the video showcases Link and Zelda in an underground area. Many naturally assumed that the location was below Hyrule Castle, and this has now been spotted in an official Nintendo marketing pamphlet. According to that pamphlet, the two characters are “deep within” the caverns below the castle where “a new and powerful threat awakens.”

The Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 note states:

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Nintendo announced a sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild more than a year ago, but we haven’t heard about the project since. Series producer Eiji Aonuma did at least provide a status update as part of today’s announcement for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

Aonuma stated:

Nintendo hasn’t had anything to say about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sequel since it was announced last year. However, a new collector’s edition listing has now appeared from a European retailer and some are hoping it’s a sign of news to come.

The listing comes from WT&T, a retailer that actually leaked The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Switch. A standard version is included alongside the collector’s edition. They’re priced at €69.99 and €82.85 respectively.

Here’s a look at the collector’s edition listing:

Update: Despite GameReactor’s report in native Spanish (which was written by one of the outlet’s Spanish editors), it seems that the site may have been reaching. Numerous GameXplain viewers have indicated that the discussion was more of the voice actors joking around about embargos, and was taken out of context. GameReactor’s original report has also been updated to reflect this.

Original: Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 just over a year ago. But given the silence since then, fans have been hoping to receive any sort of update pertaining to the game.

One possible hint regarding the project’s status may have come about thanks to comments from its Spanish voice actors. Marc Navarro and Nerea Alfonso, who voice Revali and Zelda respectively, indicated that their work has already wrapped up.

Just when some had thought that Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct could be ending with the announcement of Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate, fans were treated to one more surprise. We were given a first look look at Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 with a minute-long trailer. Although gameplay wasn’t shown, Nintendo left plenty of hints and sequences that will leave fans speculating about what’s to come for months on end.

Since everyone has had a couple of weeks to sit on the news, we wanted to hold our first Let’s Talk discussion about the game. What is everyone hoping to see in Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2? What changes or improvements would you want to see Nintendo implement? Do you have any theories about the story you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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