The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sequel 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, it was quickly regarded as the best Zelda game of all time by multiple critics and fans, largely due to its epic story and vast open-world with endless nooks and crannies to explore.
It comes as no surprise then that its sequel is in high demand. Players are simply craving to dive back in and see what else is in store for Link on his adventure to save Hyrule from the clutches of evil.
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- Is there a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel release date?
- Will the next Legend of Zelda game be called Breath of the Wild 2?
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel trailers
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel gameplay
- Breath of the Wild 2 preorders
Breath of the Wild sequel has been delayed until Spring 2023
In an announcement video shared on March 29, 2022, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 has been pushed back until Spring 2023.
“We previously announced that we were aiming for a 2022 release for this game,” Eiji Aonuma, producer of the Zelda series, said in the video. “However, we have decided to extend our development time a bit and change the release to Spring 2023. For those of you who have been looking forward to a release this year, we apologize.
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“In order to make this game’s experience something special, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on this game, so please wait a while longer.”
Currently, there’s no confirmed release date for Breath of the Wild 2, but Nintendo says they are aiming for Spring 2023. This is a setback from their previous 2022 release window.
With the recent Switch Pro rumors in the air, it is entirely possible that the sequel will be an exclusive on their next console or even a launch title. Only time will tell.
What we do know is that upon final release, it’ll have a new name and won’t just be “2,” much like Phantom Hourglass was to Wind Waker.
While many have been calling the upcoming sequel “Breath of the Wild 2”, Nintendo has been careful not to refer to the game with that title.
The game’s official store page simply calls it “the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” so there’s every chance it’ll have an entirely different name when we get more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breath of the Wild 2 preorders
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel 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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