Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 – Release Date
Ever since the Nintendo Direct presentation at E3 2019, fans have speculated about a possible sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It maintained an air of mystery while assuring viewers that production had begun on a sequel.
After that, Nintendo has been mum regarding the game until E3 2021. Then, a trailer for the actual gameplay was released, and it was shown that the game would be influenced by 2011’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii. To accomplish this, we watched Link jumping from well above Hyrule’s clouds. There was also a 2022 window Nintendo provided for the sequel’s release.
(It’s probably not a coincidence that a few months later, Nintendo released an updated HD version of Skyward Sword on the Switch.)
There was a lull in the action, though, and nothing much happened until March of 2022. The series producer, Eiji Aonuma, broke the news that the game wouldn’t be released this year at that time. Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is currently scheduled for a Spring 2023 release on the Nintendo Switch.
It’s also important to note that Nintendo has yet to officially identify the new game despite the passage of so much time. Untitled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel is the official name for the sequel to Breath of the Wild. We’ll let you know as soon as it settles on a formal name for it, but it’s likely to happen shortly.
What Would We Like To See In The Next Zelda?
A sequel will have its work cut out for it if it aspires to match the quality of the previous game. However, there are still several spots where we think further fine-tuning or improvement would be welcome.
Below is a condensed version of our recent seven-point analysis of what we hope to see in the new Zelda, with a focus on the two most important points.
More varied Shrines
It’s safe to presume these will be featured in the next instalment. Since we’re thinking big for the sequel, we have no problem with there being more than 120 of them like in the previous game; in fact, we think a nice, round 200 would be great.
Let Us Fix Weapons!
The degradation of weapons was a major mechanic in Breath of the Wild, serving as a type of health metre for all of Link’s weapons.
Most people would probably agree that it occasionally went too far and left you with a tree branch in your name.
Even though there isn’t a lot of wiggle room, I think it might be beneficial to rebalance things a bit. And a very straightforward solution: let us fix our weapons after they’ve been damaged.
Zelda had a subordinate role in the original Breath of the Wild. Other than the few sequences she witnessed, she didn’t get to watch much of the action.
We want to get more time with her in the next instalment, and maybe even make her a playable character for the first time in the main series.
She might be given a unique move in comparison to Link, shaking up the action and adding depth to the game.
Zelda Breath Of The Wild 2: Graphics Breakdown
We got our first glimpse at the game in action thanks to the trailer, and we were extremely pleased with what we saw. It appears to be powered by the same bespoke base engine as the original game, however judging by the aesthetics, it has been significantly updated and enhanced.
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It has been speculated that the trailer footage is being run on a more powerful system than a regular Nintendo Switch, although this is only speculation at this point.
The footage may have been captured with a regular Nintendo Switch, despite the presence of what appear to be volumetric clouds, great draw distances, and impressive lighting.
Keep in mind that the Switch is capable of running traditionally graphically intensive titles like The Witcher 3 and Doom, both of which look and operate exceptionally well on the platform. Doom was a technical marvel, especially in the indoor areas, and I’ve played it extensively on both a powerful PC and the Nintendo Switch. It displayed motion blur and a clean framerate that surprised many people.
Is Breath Of The Wild 2 Coming?
Yes. After Nintendo announced to fans that a sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild was in the works at their E3 2019 Nintendo Direct, fans have been anticipating the game in some capacity ever since. Thereafter, Nintendo was relatively silent until E3 2021, when they finally began showing off gameplay footage in earnest.
What Month Is Botw 2 Coming Out?
The release window for Breath of the Wild 2 is Spring 2023, but beyond that, there is no information about its release date. This window was confirmed during the 2021 gameplay clip.
Will Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 Have Better Graphics?
The trailer has been out for over a year, yet we were still highly impressed by the game’s aesthetics, which seemed to be an improvement over the 2017 game. It looks like it’s running on the same engine, albeit with some improvements, such as the volumetric clouds and brighter lighting seen in the gameplay footage.
Will Botw2 Come Out in 2022?
Despite early rumours to the contrary, Nintendo has announced that the game would not be released until the Spring of 2023.
How Much Will Botw2 Cost?
Nothing has been confirmed, however it seems safe to assume that BOT2 will cost roughly £59.99 / $59.99, the same as BOTW did upon release.
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