Since the original, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been one of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch. A Nintendo Direct at E3 2021 gave us our first look at gameplay, as well as a few solid tidbits about the upcoming game. For the first time, Link will be able to visit temples in the sky as part of the sequel to one of the best video games of the last decade.
The story will continue where Link and Zelda left off in the original game, and the game will be released only on the Nintendo Switch. That’s all we know for now about Breath of the Wild.
Breath of the Wild 2 hasn’t revealed much yet, but we’ve got what we do have to share about the highly awaited sequel.
Breath of the Wild 2 Release Date Window
Originally scheduled for release in 2022, Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild 2 has been postponed until 2019, according to a new video on their YouTube page.
Breath of the Wild 2 is now scheduled for release in Spring 2023. This extra production time will allow the team to create something “extraordinary,” according to Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, who begs fans to wait a little longer.
Our expectations for Breath of the Wild 2 news in 2022 haven’t changed despite this tragic development. Since E3 is held in the summer, it’s safe to assume that Nintendo will host a major event at that time, although virtually. In the meantime, here’s hoping for some new content to tide us over till Spring 2023.
Breath of the Wild 2 Pre-Orders
The sequel to Breath of the Wild is already available for pre-order on Amazon U.S.(opens in a new tab) and Best Buy. Yes, you read that properly (opens in a new tab). If you’d want to pre-order a copy of the game for $60, you can do so at any of the two stores that currently feature placeholder artwork and release dates.
Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer
The first trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 aired at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo. It’s here, in case you missed it:
There’s a fresh, more comprehensive trailer available as of June 2021. Some of the same ground is covered, but this time around the focus is on the gameplay mechanics, which include a new way for Link to get around in the air.
Breath of the Wild 2 Story
Aside from the Breath of the Wild 2 trailers, we know a few essential details about the game. First and foremost, this is a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild, with the same versions of Link and Zelda returning. It’s unusual for a Zelda game to not completely redesign Link, Zelda, and Ganon every time. Zelda II and Majora’s Mask also used this tactic, so it’s not completely unheard of.
Another thing that Link and Zelda will do is examine this unusual spirit energy that can reanimate dead people. There is an eerie sound in the background of this picture of Hyrule, which hints that this spirit energy may corrupt and transform the land into a dark reflection of itself. The Zelda series, from A Link to the Past to Twilight Princess, is no stranger to traveling between light and dark worlds.
As promised in the epilogue, Link and Zelda will go on a new adventure following Breath of the Wild. They uncover something weird, and now the evil power they’ve discovered threatens Hyrule as a whole. Just like in Wind Waker, Zelda will either be a major player or she will need to be saved right away, like in the first Breath of the Wild.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a prequel to Breath of the Wild, helps fill in any gaps you may have concerning the world. Despite being a hack-and-slash action game rather than an open-world adventure, the game was released in November and has a considerable runtime. This isn’t a sequel to Breath of the Wild, but it is a new opportunity to experience the same world.
As much as Nintendo has been tight-lipped regarding Breath of the Wild 2 in general, expect some information before the year is over. The 35th anniversary of Zelda’s release is a great opportunity for Nintendo to bring us up to date on our favorite Hylian hero.