We don’t know much about the upcoming sequel just yet, but a trailer did offer a sneak peek at what the story and adventure could entail.
Look below for everything we know about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 including the release date, news, trailers and our own wishlist of potential features
When is the Breath of the Wild 2 release date?
While Nintendo did confirm The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is in production right now, there wasn’t even a whiff of a release date.
Expect the Breath of the Wild sequel to be a long way off launch. It’s going to be a number of years until you’ll be able to start exploring the huge world of Hyrule again.
Breath of the Wild 2 Trailer – How does it look?
While we didn’t receive an official title to the upcoming sequel, we saw a beautiful, gloomy trailer that saw Link and Zelda investigating a strange supernatural occurrence potentially below Hyrule Castle.
Sporting the same engine that powered the first game, it looks positively gorgeous. In the clip we see our two heroes come across a haunted tree of sorts housing a decayed corpse with an amulet around its neck looking ominously towards them.
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It’s evident something very, very bad is going down in Hyrule. The dessicated body very much looks like Ganon – but this game takes place after Ganon has already been banished from the land by the Hero of Time. Perhaps some other dark force returning from an older title – like Twilight Princess’s Zant, or Skyward Sword’s Demise – or a new adversary is behind this threat. Who or whatever’s pulling the strings, Link and Zelda clearly can’t catch a break.
Both Link and Zelda play a prominent part in the trailer, enraptured by whatever spooky occurrence has befallen them. It seems that whatever they encounter has a major impact on the land of Hyrule, perhaps flooding it with monsters and demons we must content with.
Breath of the Wild 2 wishlist – What we want to see
Judging from the trailer, Breath of the Wild 2 looks to be set in the same Hyrule not long after the events of the first game. As great as exploring this vast and ruined land was in Breath of the Wild, revisiting the same massive map in the sequel could well be very boring, unless the environment is substantially changed.
We’re betting we’ll see the same map, but altered, either by repair efforts or changed by the evil energy we saw in the trailer. Perhaps that could bring with it more enemies, new items and new-ish locations?
The trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 hints at a darker shift than what we saw with the original. The sequel looks like its adopting a dramatic tone shift similarly to how the creepy Marora’s Mask succeeded Ocarina of Time.
While The Legend of Zelda games don’t usually have much of a focus on story beyond Link going on an adventure and defeating evil, it will still be interesting to see whether Nintendo will introduce more mature or darker themes than we’re used to with the franchise.
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Link wasn’t alone when he discovered the evil force lurking below Hyrule castle, as Zelda was right by his side. While we’re used to seeing Zelda as a damsel in distress, she could finally become a fully playable heroine this time round, or even as an optional playable character.
There may be more weight to this hope than pure speculation, as Zelda’s attire certainly suggests she’ll be going on an adventure instead of sitting safely on her throne in Hyrule castle. Some have speculated you won’t get the opportunity to play as Link at all, as you’ll instead play as Zelda to rescue the boy wonder. Oh how the tables would turn.
More and/or bigger dungeons
While the original Breath of the Wild had over a hundred of puzzle-filled Shrines scattered across Hyrule, there weren’t many large dungeon environments to explore. The four Divine Beasts at least offered a taste of what Zelda dungeons can offer, but they were rather short and focused more on one large puzzle and a boss battles than the labyrinthine temples and dungeons of previous titles.
With a familiar albeit potentially darker Hyrule appearing to be the setting for the sequel, dungeons would fit in very well indeed. Taking us to new subterranean locations would remove the potential boredom of literally going over old ground, as well as scratching an itch that was absent from the last title.
We’ve got every single one of our fingers crossed in hope that The Legend of Zelda series will return to its original template for the next instalment.