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The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an upcoming main installment in The Legend of Zelda series. The game is scheduled to be released in spring of 2023 on the Nintendo Switch.
The announcement trailer shows Link and Princess Zelda exploring an unknown subterranean ruin. They arrive in a cavern where a corpse resembling Ganondorf is held in suspended animation, gripped by a pale, ghostly hand. The corpse stirs amidst an earthquake, and the trailer then cuts to a view of Hyrule Castle from the Great Plateau. As the ground shakes, the castle is seen rising into the air. Text is then displayed announcing the development of a sequel to Breath of the Wild.
In the second trailer during E3 2021, gameplay footage showed Link skydiving and paragliding among landmasses floating in the sky. Link is seen battling various enemies, such as a Stone Talus carrying a Monster Stronghold. Link also wields new abilities which seemingly come from his altered right arm: one that moves an object backwards on the path it came from, and another that phases Link through a solid structure from underneath. The trailer concludes with scenes of Hyrule Castle being violently lifted up from the ground by a huge mass of Malice.
The delay announcement video shows Link standing next to a floating orb of energy and examining a heavily damaged Master Sword. The floating orb has a golden glow, and the damaged Master Sword has a faint blue glow.
Development of the twentieth game in The Legend of Zelda series began in 2017 after the production for Breath of the Wild ended. During the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct it was announced that it would be a sequel to Breath of the Wild. The idea of creating a direct sequel came from the fact that Eiji Aonuma, producer of Breath of the Wild, wanted to revisit the same Kingdom of Hyrule while incorporating a new story and gameplay mechanics. Initially, new ideas were thought of for DLC but evolved into a new game when too many were gathered.
During the announcement of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on September 8, 2020, Eiji Aonuma said that Nintendo was still working on the game and that the fans would have to wait before getting any news. Later, in a December interview, Doug Bowser added that contents of the game would be shown when they felt they had enough to show.
The second trailer and first gameplay showcase aired on June 15th, 2021, during the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct. A portion of gameplay was shown, featuring a number of abilities and the new world of Kingdom of Hyrule. An estimated release date for the game was also announced to be sometime during 2022.
On March 29, 2022, Nintendo released a video where Eiji Aonuma announced that development time had been extended, with the game being set to release in spring of 2023. A short gameplay clip was premiered that showcased Link's new outfit and a heavily damaged Master Sword.
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- "The sequel to The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development for #NintendoSwitch!" — Nintendo of America, Nintendo of America on Twitter: "The sequel to The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development for #NintendoSwitch!...", Twitter, published June 11, 2019, retrieved June 11, 2019.
- "Initially we were thinking of just DLC ideas, but then we had a lot of ideas and we said, "This is too many ideas, let's just make one new game and start from scratch."" —Eiji Aonuma (Breath Of The Wild Is Getting A Sequel Because The Team Had Too Many DLC Ideas (And Other Info From Zelda's Producer))
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- "You’ve followed Nintendo long enough to know that as we progress on any title, and we deem it’s the right moment, we will share with the community where we are in the development. At this point, though, I have nothing more that I can share on those titles." — Russ Frushtik, Doug Bowser on Nintendo’s obsession with March 31, plus Joy-Con drift and the Switch Pro rumors, Polygon, published Dec 16, 2020, retrieved Aug 7, 2021.