The fact that there's going to be a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was the biggest highlight in the long list of Nintendo E3 2019 announcements today. It didn't contain a release date, or even a name, but boy, did it get us excited.
There's scant information about this new Breath of the Wild game, so we may end up waiting until E3 2020 to see it in action before it actually launches.
- Did you catch The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening coming this year?
It'll be the second flagship Zelda title on the console, not counting the Link's Awakening remake. Breath of the Wild 2 (as we're calling it for now) appears to follow on from the original game that launched with the Switch on March 3, 2017. Here's the first sneak-peek trailer:
Breath of the Wild 2 trailer analysis
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 trailer is just 82 seconds long and there's no dialogue whatsoever. But there are some clues to be gathered from it.
It features a torch-carrying Link and Zelda traversing a dark dungeon beneath Hyrule (no big surprise there). Spirit-like tendrils creep around the musty tomb they're exploring, with the pair riding a large elephant-like beast. Something shocks the pair, and then we cut to what appears to be the resurrection of some long-dead (and creepy looking) warrior. Could this be the return of Gannondorf?
The video then cuts to a long shot of Hyrule Field, with Hyrule Castle in the distance. There's a tremor, the castle is smothered with dust... and that's the end.
The clip finishes with a message that reads: "The sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development."
Nintendo's statement leaves it open to calling this game something besides Breath of the Wild 2, though it hasn't revealed an official name and there's very little story to suggest what it may be called in the end.
As it stands, it does seem as if this is a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild. But there's a darker feel to this reveal, with its zombie-like antagonist and underground setting. Could Nintendo be about to pull a Majora's Mask on Nintendo Switch fans? Like this sequel, it used the game engine from another mainline Zeda game (in that case, The Nintendo 64 classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), and wove a dark tale around familiar-yet-twisted characters and locations.
Majora's Mask went on to be a cult classic for the series. Could Breath of the Wild 2 do the same?
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