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Whether you love it or hate it, Breath of the Wild has left a lasting impression on nearly every gamer out there. Link’s last romp through Hyrule was a massive open-world adventure through sprawling terrains and underground shrines that took the legendary RPG series to new heights.
It’s been almost 2 years since its proper follow-up, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, was announced at E3 2019. Coupled with the fact that this year the Zelda series is celebrating its 35th anniversary, fans and gamers of all stripes are hoping to get some more news on the hotly anticipated title.
Nintendo Directs information on the matter are imminent, so we’ve collected all of what we know so far about Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 to get you prepared for when the next big announcement drops.
Breaking Down the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer
The game’s reveal trailer from E3 2019 gave us but a taste of the tones and themes we can expect from the upcoming Zelda title. Link and Zelda are seen descending into a dark underground location, presumably under Hyrule Castle.
There’s magical energy around them in the form of green spiraling scriptures. The moldy decrepit walls are covered in drawings of familiar figures, such as Gannondorf and the King of the Gerudo. Link appears to still have the Master Sword, which stands to reason since this is meant to be a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild.
As He and Zelda explore the cavernous underground, we can see lots of interesting architecture that may imply this is a long-lost city, perhaps ancient Hyrule. When our two heroes reach the source of the magic, red and black tendrils, similar to those of Calamity Ganon, shoot up towards the castle, pushing it off its foundations. The trailer ends with the castle blasting off to who knows where.
What is Officially Known About BotW: 2?
Producer and project manager for the Zelda series Eiji Aonuma has been mostly tight-lipped about hard details. What he has revealed, though, is that the Zelda development team wants to continue Link’s adventures within the BotW Hyrule.
This isn’t unexpected, of course, considering this is a direct sequel. Aonuma has also expressed that the team wants new gameplay elements to be explored in Breath of the Wild 2 as well as more narrative points. One thing to note from his interviews is that BotW 2 was in fact borne out of an overabundance of ideas the development team had for downloadable content to expand the original game.
Both Aonuma and director Hidemaro Fujibayashi have discussed at length how the original Breath of the Wild was inspired by Skyrim’s open-world approach. For the sequel, they’ve stated that the team has been hard at work playing Red Dead Redemption 2, one of the best open-world games of the last few years.
We’re not clear how that will affect Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, but here’s hoping for a world that is more alive than its predecessor. Finally, Aonuma has mentioned they’re aiming for darker themes and a more brooding world for the sequel. If the trailer is anything to go by, we believe him.
What is Being Speculated About the Game?
There’s not a whole lot we can garner at this point. Some have speculated that since Zelda has a shorter hairstyle in the trailer, this might mean she’ll be getting her hands dirty in the sequel. This has been coupled with the fact that Aonuma narrowly dodged questions regarding the possibility of cooperative play in BotW 2.
The wall paintings in the trailer may also allude to a possible time travel mechanic that will take us back to ancient Hyrule. Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask masterfully used such mechanics, so the use of time travel magic within the Zelda universe would definitely not be a first for the series.
An unconfirmed rumor has also suggested that Ganon will be hanging around the entirety of Hyrule in the form of a mist or miasma. The only way to be able to progress, goes the rumor, will be by clearing areas of his presence.
In terms of a release date for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, we have nothing officially confirmed. Some have speculated that it may not be too far off as its predecessor released four years ago in March so perhaps a March 2021 release window isn’t such a stretch.