From potential co-op to official feedback on DLC.
A sequel to Breath of the Wild was introduced earlier this week on the finish of the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation, and whereas there are nonetheless a number of issues we don’t know in regards to the title, there are fairly just a few attention-grabbing items of data we’ve uncovered about this extremely anticipated recreation.
For extra from this presentation, take a look at our evaluation of the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct.
Breath of the Wild Sequel Reveal
The Breath of the Wild sequel was introduced on June 11, 2019 through the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation. Its reveal trailer was the ultimate a part of the presentation, starting with glowing inexperienced writing floating within the air. The trailer exhibits this writing spiraling above a supply of corruption. Backwards music performs as a torch reveals hieroglyphic photographs on a stone wall of a person with a trident. Hyperlink is proven guiding a big beast of burden with Zelda atop, each holding torches to gentle their means in a dim cave.
The 2 discover the supply of the corruption: a mummified corpse clasped by a glowing white hand that seems to be making an attempt to seal its corruption, which spews forth from a chest wound. The trailer cuts to the group consuming water from an underground physique of water earlier than a rat is consumed by the corruption. The group is proven traversing a big, crumbling bridge, which their beast won’t be capable of cross.
The corpse is then displayed up shut: it’s adorned with golden jewellery, has lengthy flowing hair and seems to be male. Varied fast photographs are proven, together with Hyperlink receiving some type of power in his hand, Zelda falling after the bottom beneath her breaks, and the corpse reanimates, with its head turning in direction of the digital camera and its eyes reawakening with an evil glow. Hyrule Fort is proven from afar, lifting into the air. Textual content confirms this can be a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Zelda’s Producer Hasn’t Denied Co-Op, Playable Zelda
In an interview with IGN, Zelda sequence producer Eiji Aonuma was requested if followers might doubtlessly play as Zelda on this recreation, or even when co-op can be a chance. Aonuma didn’t deny both, however relatively mentioned “It is sort of attention-grabbing that you simply convey that up, as a result of in Breath of the Wild, you see Zelda and Hyperlink collectively usually too, so to go straight into the considered co-op could be very attention-grabbing to me.”
Later, in an interview with Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, Aonuma was requested an identical query about taking part in as Zelda. Aonuma mentioned, “Lots of people have been asking that, and so I need to ask you, why do individuals suppose that?” Schreier responded saying she’s free on the finish of Breath of the Wild, and other people have wished to play as her for a very long time.
“I see,” mentioned Aonuma. “However I can’t inform you.”
The Zelda Staff’s Inspirations
In that very same interview with IGN, we requested what video games the youthful workers on the Zelda workforce had been taking part in, particularly what impressed them, and Aonuma replied “[Something] I did hear that lots of people had been taking part in was Pink Lifeless Redemption 2.”
When requested what open worlds impressed the Zelda workforce as an entire, he mentioned “After I was engaged on Breath of the Wild, the director [Hidemaro Fujibayashi] was taking part in Skyrim.”
Breath of the Wild 2 Is Not Associated to Majora’s Masks
When the sequel to Breath of the Wild was introduced, many made comparisons between it and Majora’s Masks. These comparisons had been made for a number of causes: the trailer gave off a decidedly darkish tone, much like Majora’s Masks, it’s a direct sequel like Majora’s Masks was to Ocarina of Time, and it seems as if the sport will run on the identical engine and have the identical normal artwork model as Breath of the Wild, similar to Majora’s Masks did with Ocarina.
Nevertheless, Aonuma knowledgeable IGN that the Breath of the Wild sequel isn’t associated to Majora’s Masks, saying “The brand new Breath of the Wild or the sequel to it, it’s not essentially going to be associated to Majora’s Masks or impressed by it… What we confirmed you at present is a bit darker.”
Breath of the Wild’s Director Is Returning
In an interview with Recreation Informer, Aonuma confirmed that Hidemaro Fujibayashi, who directed Breath of the Wild, has returned to direct its sequel. Whereas different particular members of the workforce haven’t been recognized, it may be assumed that that is largely the identical workforce that labored on Breath of the Wild. Aonuma himself will return as producer.
A Return to Hyrule and DLC
On this identical interview with Recreation Informer, Aonuma defined that “One of many causes we wished to create a continuation was as a result of I wished to revisit that Hyrule once more and use that world once more, whereas incorporating new gameplay and new story.” This seemingly confirms the sport will at the very least partially happen in Hyrule versus a completely new location, like Termina or Lorule.
Within the reveal trailer, we noticed a shot of the Hyrule from Breath of the Wild (albeit with no Sheikah towers or shrines) as Hyrule fortress begins being raised into the sky. Nevertheless, it’s doable Aonuma is just referring to the world of Breath of the Wild normally, and never the precise Kingdom of Hyrule.
Aonuma additionally prompt the Breath of the Wild sequel might obtain DLC like the unique did, saying “I actually like the concept of getting DLC or something coming after the principle recreation… Individuals play the sport longer and benefit from the recreation lots deeper. Going ahead, that is undoubtedly one thing we’ll take into consideration.”
Breath of the Wild Sequel Launch Date
We’ve been given no direct indication of when Breath of the Wild 2 can be launched. Contemplating we haven’t seen gameplay, and Zelda improvement usually takes a number of years, it’s doable the sport gained’t come out in 2020. Following E3 2019, the official Nintendo of America Twitter account posted a picture of launch home windows for video games coming to Nintendo Swap all through 2019 and 2020. Within the 2020 part of the picture, video games which have confirmed 2020 launch dates like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and No Extra Heroes three had been included, however the Breath of the Wild sequel was not.
In fact, this isn’t a definitive indication it gained’t be launched subsequent 12 months, as one other highly-anticipated Nintendo recreation, Metroid Prime four, wasn’t included as properly. As neither recreation has publicly been given a launch window, it is sensible neither would seem on this part. It’s, nevertheless, a public-facing acknowledgement that Nintendo hasn’t but dedicated to a 2020 launch.
A Comply with-As much as Breath of the Wild
The trailer that formally introduced the sequel to Breath of the Wild didn’t inform us a lot about potential gameplay, however it did trace at plenty of story particulars. At the start, on the finish of the trailer, the textual content “The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in improvement” appeared, suggesting that, on the very least, the majority of this recreation will happen after Breath of the Wild. It sounds apparent, however direct sequels in The Legend of Zelda are surprisingly uncommon: Zelda II, Majora’s Masks and Phantom Hourglass rank among the many few direct sequels.
Whereas Hyperlink, Zelda and Ganon have had a number of totally different incarnations and variations all through the expansive Zelda timeline, the Hyperlink and Zelda proven listed here are undoubtedly the identical duo that starred in Breath of the Wild. Hyperlink is sporting his now-iconic blue Champion’s Tunic, however with leather-based armor and a cape – these items of armor look to be much like what’s discovered within the Hylian Armor set in Breath of the Wild. At lest a bit little bit of time has handed because the finish of that recreation, as evidenced by Zelda’s shorter haircut.
Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo
This part dives extra into idea than the earlier sections, as there’s no direct affirmation from Nintendo right here, however it seems Ganondorf (the Gerudo type of Ganon) can be concerned on this sequel indirectly, form or kind. Within the trailer, it seems Hyperlink and Zelda are exploring tunnels beneath Hyrule Fort crammed with luminous stones, and discover a corpse of what’s seemingly a male Gerudo (as evidenced by the Gerudo image on his material). If that is so, which means that is seemingly an incarnation of Ganondorf, one of many male Gerudo born to the tribe each 100 years.
In Breath of the Wild, Gerudo champion Urbosa says “It was written that Calamity Ganon as soon as adopted the type of a Gerudo,” both referring to Ganondorf from Ocarina of Time, or to the identical particular person discovered underground within the Breath of the Wild sequel’s trailer. Maybe these are one and the identical, as this corpse’s chest appears to have a wound precisely the place Hyperlink stabbed him with the Grasp Sword in Twilight Princess: this was the identical Ganondorf from Ocarina of Time that had been locked within the Twilight Realm for numerous years. On the finish of Twilight Princess, after being stabbed, Ganondorf says “Don’t suppose this ends right here… the historical past of sunshine and shadow can be written in blood!” The Twili Zant then seemingly takes management of Ganondorf and snaps his neck.
Once more, none of that is confirmed, and the corpse may very well be unrelated to Ganondorf solely.
There are a number of fan theories swirling across the web relating to this trailer, however they veer additional and additional away from confirmed data, so we’ll cease right here in the meanwhile. We do not know how lengthy we’ll have to attend to listen to extra in regards to the sequel to Breath of the Wild, however within the meantime, we at all times have the primary recreation to carry us over.
In our Breath of the Wild evaluation, we referred to as the sport a “Masterpiece” saying it’s “a masterclass in open-world design and a watershed recreation that reinvents a 30-year-old franchise. It presents a beautiful sandbox filled with thriller, dangling dozens upon dozens of tantalizing issues in entrance of you that simply beg to be explored.”
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Colin Stevens is a information author for IGN and he actually has a tattoo of the Shekiah eye on his again, so sure, he’ve very excited for this recreation. Comply with him on Twitter.