The long-awaited follow-up to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is lastly virtually right here. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (which had been informally often called Breath of the Wild 2) is coming in Might 2023. That is not for much longer to attend for the sequel to one in all Nintendo’s most beloved video games. Whilst shut as we’re, although, there’s rather a lot we nonetheless do not know. Nintendo is notoriously secretive about its video games earlier than launch, and it appears particularly inclined to maintain this anticipated Zelda recreation beneath wraps.
That hasn’t stopped followers from speculating, making some educated or at the least attention-grabbing guesses about what may actually be occurring. In case you want a refresher, this is a primer on the whole lot we know–and the whole lot we suspect–about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
At E3 2021, Nintendo introduced that the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel was scheduled for launch someday in 2022. Nevertheless, this was later modified to Spring 2023.
Throughout September 2022’s Nintendo Direct, the studio revealed the sport’s official launch date: Might 12, 2023. That presentation was additionally the place Nintendo debuted the sport’s official title, Tears of the Kingdom.
As an apart, Nintendo additionally confirmed the pronunciation of the title. Since “tear” is a heteronym, the title may have referred to the “salty liquid produced by the eyes” or to “the injury from being torn.” Nintendo confirmed after the September presentation that it is meant to be pronounced “/tir/” as within the liquid produced by crying. So the melancholic title refers to a kingdom in mourning or sorrow. This follows the prevous recreation’s format of “bodily perform plus setting.”
Apparently, the corporate selected to not air the presentation reside in the UK, presumably out of respect for the then-recent passing of Queen Elizabeth.
Whereas the primary Breath of the Wild was launched concurrently on Change and Wii U, the sequel is barely coming to Change. Many followers have little question hoped the rumored Change Professional could be out by the point of the sport’s release–the unique Breath of the Wild notoriously had body charge points in sure areas–but to date there’s been no phrase on the standing of the supposedly enhanced Change mannequin. With the discharge solely months away now, it appears unlikely that Nintendo will surprise-launch a brand new high-powered platform, although something is feasible.
Nintendo dropped the primary trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom throughout its E3 2019 presentation. The cryptic video follows Hyperlink and Zelda (who notably sports activities a brand new, shorter coiffure) as they make their approach via a mysterious underground cavern. Because the pair discover, tendrils of darkness might be seen creeping via the cavern. Hyperlink and Zelda finally come across what seems to be the supply of the darkness: a mummified male corpse wearing Gerudo jewellery and apparel, presumably Ganondorf.
Clutching the corpse’s chest is what seems to be a handcrafted of sunshine. A sequence of fast, out-of-order pictures comply with, displaying Hyperlink eradicating the hand, the ground round Hyperlink and Zelda crumbling, the mysterious hand of sunshine catching Zelda by the wrist as she’s falling, and the corpse seemingly returning to life. The trailer then ends with a clip of Hyrule fortress starting to rise into the air.
Nintendo supplied one other have a look at the Breath of the Wild sequel throughout its E3 2021 presentation. The trailer confirmed that you’ll discover Hyrule and the skies above, additional increasing the scope of areas you will get to go to. The trailer beneath additionally incorporates different clues about what to anticipate from the much-anticipated sequel, together with varied tidbits of story and gameplay mechanics. Take a look for your self and begin theorizing. We compiled issues we expect the sport may have in our detailed trailer breakdown.
In September 2022, Nintendo revealed not solely Tears of the Kingdom’s official title and launch date, however a short-yet-compelling trailer, as properly. The trailer begins by scanning over some historic ruins depicting a godly-looking being surrounded by seven tear-shaped runes–perhaps those referenced within the title. It then exhibits what seem like the goblin-esque monsters from the primary Breath of the Wild, and Princess Zelda embracing a person’s hand. The trailer then pivots to gameplay, as we comply with Hyperlink leaping into the air and traversing a ruined wanting Hyrule.
Why is Nintendo making a sequel to Breath of the Wild?
Based on Aonuma, Nintendo is making a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild as a result of it had “too many concepts” for DLC for the sport. As Aonuma defined at E3 2019:
“After we launched the DLC for Breath of the Wild, we realized that it is a good way so as to add extra parts to the identical world. However when it comes all the way down to technical issues, DLC is just about data–you’re including knowledge to a preexisting title. And so once we needed so as to add larger adjustments, DLC is just not sufficient, and that is why we thought perhaps a sequel could be a very good match. Initially, we had been considering of simply DLC concepts, however then we had numerous concepts and we stated, ‘That is too many concepts, let’s simply make one new recreation and begin from scratch.'”
Deep within the realm of hypothesis, a wild fan concept makes the case for Ganondorf being a playable character. Barrett Courtney of Kinda Funny thinks that the extra rugged-looking Hyperlink within the new E3 trailer may, regardless of appearances, really be Ganondorf.
Courtney theorized that a part of the sport could be enjoying the autumn of Ganondorf, which begins the cycle of a hero battling a corrupted Ganon that occurs in each recreation. He thinks that the hero from 10,000 years in the past that has been teased is Ganondorf and that the character with the corrupted arm within the trailer is not Hyperlink however in actual fact Ganondorf, as properly.
“This recreation might be studying concerning the fall of Ganondorf the person after which saving him from the evil that has been ruling over him for generations. And in doing so, we’ll break the cycle began by Demise,” Courtney wrote. Demise, after all, is the Ganon we encounter in Skyward Sword, which makes the latest remaster of the sport probably very well timed and undoubtedly provides weight to this concept.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is now up for preorder at varied retailers. You could find out the place you’ll be able to assure your self a duplicate of the sport in our preorder information.
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