Fans of The Legend of Zelda franchise have finally been given a release date for Breath of the Wild 2, as well as the game’s first-ever gameplay video, after years of waiting. When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released in 2017, it shattered the norm.
The Kingdom of Hyrule has never been explored in such depth or in such a natural way. Breath of the Wild rapidly became a game that many couldn’t put down and didn’t want to, thanks to the abundant flora and animals that adorned each location, as well as a generally captivating and well-narrated plot.
Fans were understandably ecstatic when Nintendo announced that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was in the works. Unfortunately, this news was accompanied by a disturbing video, which depicted heroes Link and Princess Zelda discovering Ganondorf’s body underneath Hyrule Castle.
The Zelda community has been inundated with ideas and conjecture as a result of this little footage. It was unclear what was going on, such as whether form of Ganondorf lay under the castle or if Zelda would be a playable character when Breath of the Wild 2 was released. While those issues were not satisfactorily answered at E3 2021, they are now a little clearer.
However, nothing was heard regarding the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for a long time following this little teaser. More details regarding Breath of the Wild 2 would be released “this year,” according to Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda franchise, at a Nintendo Direct in February 2021.
He went on to say that Skyward Sword would be released on the Nintendo Switch in July 2021. However, the wait for additional information about the sequel to Breath of the Wild is now ended. Nintendo has announced during their E3 Direct that the sequel to Breath of the Wild will be released in 2022 on the Nintendo Switch.
Fans will also be treated to some brand-new gameplay video for the sequel, including bokoblins setting up camp atop an angry stone talus, someone who may (or may not) be Link warping through rock formations, and numerous new landmasses floating in the sky. Most sinisterly, a flaming aura can be seen destroying Hyrule Castle before being taken from the earth.
This latest revelation of more footage for the Breath of the Wild sequel is great news for patient fans. While the summer release of Skyward Sword is a nice addition, especially for those who have yet to play the first canonical game in the Zelda series timeline, having something totally new for the franchise’s anniversary is far more in line with what fans actually desired. Unfortunately, the wait will be longer than many had hoped, but 2022 is a more specific date than the Zelda community had the day before the gameplay reveal.
As the 2022 release date approaches, more details regarding the sequel, such as its title, are likely to emerge. Until then, though, attentive fans will undoubtedly view this disclosure several times, and ideas will likely resurface on the internet as the anticipation for Breath of the Wild 2 grows.