The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Release date, trailers & everything we know

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is one of the most anticipated upcoming Nintendo Switch releases of all time. We’ve got everything you need to know about it here.

After the original Breath of the Wild was released back in 2017, it was quickly regarded as the best Zelda game of all time by critics and fans. This was largely down to the title’s incredible story, characters, and vast open world that encouraged exploration.

It comes as no surprise then that its sequel is in high demand. While originally referred to as Breath of the Wild 2, the next game in the series will be titled The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Here’s everything we know about the jewel in the Nintendo Switch’s crown.

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Is there a Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sequel release date yet?

Yes, as reported during the 2022 Nintendo Direct, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will release on May 12, 2023 – exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailers

The first look at the next mainline Zelda entry came during Nintendo’s presentation at E3 2019, surprising fans who didn’t expect a sequel to be announced so soon.

In it, Link and Princess Zelda can be seen traveling through a cave filled with darkness and danger, before approaching what is thought to be Ganon’s mummified body which then awakens.

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The trailer ended with a black screen that simply read “The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development,” but that was enough to send players into overdrive with excitement.

The next look at the sequel came a whole two years later at E3 2021, this time giving a dive into gameplay and the world of Hyrule. It was revealed that Link’s escapades will now involve the Sky islands, much like Skyward Sword did in 2011.

Hyrule Castle is also seen being yanked out of the ground at the end of the trailer, being left suspended in mid-air. How our courageous hero clad in green will get there now is currently unknown.

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The release date and title trailer was unveiled during the 2022 Nintendo Direct:

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay

The first and only look at the gameplay so far was during the E3 2021 trailer. In it, fans were treated to a big glimpse at the world above the clouds, as well as new and returning foes.

Bokoblins can now camp on and ride a Stone Talus, and there appears to be a new Guardian-like enemy too. There’s also a new flower snake opponent, which Link fiercely fends off with a new flamethrower power.

The hero can also now warp through objects, and it’s hinted massively that he will be able to manipulate time somehow to his advantage. Though details on that are currently unknown.

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New free-falling mechanic

As originally reported by Gamereactor, a new patent has revealed that the game will feature a free-falling mechanic which will allow Link to perform some cool moves and attacks while in midair. We saw the free-falling mechanic in action in the trailer, but the patent suggests this will be more developed than we previously thought.

It appears that Link will be able to string combos together and prolong his time in the air by stacking attacks. He’ll also be able to transition into rolls and a swan dive into water.

Of course, take this with a pinch of salt until we see more evidence, but this information tracks with what we’ve seen so far, and with how combos worked in the first BoTW. It also seems likely that these mechanics will be combined with gliding, allowing players to switch between the two with ease.

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Tears of the Kingdom preorders

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is open for preorder at certain retailers, though it’s just for the standard physical and digital editions as no collector’s edition has been revealed yet.

Check out our preorder guide for the full list of where to preorder and price.

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