The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is gearing up to be the biggest release in quite some time for Nintendo.
The announcement about its development came during Nintendo's E3 2019 conference, albeit it was only a few seconds of the game.
Although we have heard nothing from Nintendo since, players are still optimistic about what's to come.
However, fans may need to wait longer than they hoped for more concrete information according to the Producer of The Legend of the Zelda series.
What is positive is that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will help expand on the story and scratch that Zelda itch at the same time; but maybe not as we expected.
The original Breath of The Wild was set in Hyrule and players are hoping to head back to this famous location.
So what do we know about this brilliant return for Link and his companions?
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When Is The Breath Of The Wild 2 Release Date?
The short answer is that we are unsure. Nintendo has yet to announce a release date or even a year for it - it wouldn't be out of the impossible to believe it will be coming in 2021 as the game will be a direct sequel set in the same environment as the first Breath of the Wild.
2021 also marks The Legend of Zelda's 35th Anniversary, making it a prime year to bing out a new story in the series, especially a sequel to one of the franchise's most beloved stories!
With that in mind, the base for the game is very much there and would simply need to be updated and the story implemented.
Breath of the Wild took 6 years to develop and if you've played the game you can understand why because of the sheer mass of content in it. It's a very similar scenario to when Majora's Mask released, a game that was heavily influenced by Ocarina of Time, meaning it only needed 2 years to release.
Though, without a confirmed date, it leaves Nintendo the opportunity to extend the development time depending on how much they want to revamp and innovate in this sequel. Potentially we'll just get glimpses of the game this year and have a release in the future.
It's been reported that the game has started development because there were so many ideas for the first Breath of the Wild but they could not be fit into the game and wanted to give it a second instalment to do so.
When you think about it, why couldn't they have just released more DLC? Games have lived for years with regular DLC updates and yet a game that isn't 2.5 years old has had limited amounts to go with it.
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What Do We Know About Breath Of The Wild 2?
According to Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, there were plans for more DLC in Breath of the Wild. "Initially we were thinking of just DLC ideas," says Anouma. "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.'"
Breath of the Wild 2 will be "Darker" and likely to feature the main antagonist Ganondorf being resurrected.
It's likely we will see the return of the Twili and the Twilight realm. These are the shadow people descended from Hylians who tried to take the power of the Triforce for themselves as seen by the hand wrapped in twisting shapes.
We may see the return of Zant, who featured in Twilight Princess, serving under Ganondorf. Reddit user ReroFunk found that if you reverse the trailer audio, there are certain notes that echo the music played during your final encounter with Zant. He may have been defeated in Twilight Princess, but he is adamant he'll return through the power of his "god".
Demise, the demon king, may also return - demise was the final boss in Skyward Sword and the original form of Ganondorf. Once again, Reddit user ReroFunk pointed out that this screenshot in the trailer looks a lot like Demise but could just be a depiction of history.
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- Something that can really shake the series up and has certainly been a popular theory from many is that Zelda will be a playable character. This incarnation of Zelda certainly seems like someone that wants to involve herself in the action alongside Link and could become an interesting ally in the story.
- The team developing the game have been inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2, meaning we may well see a lot of mechanics from this game that inspires Breath of the Wild 2.
Most outlets have put the game up for £59.99, as this was how much the original game sold for.
As it stands, there are limited pre-order opportunities and currently, no-one is offering any real bonuses.
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Features And Changes
It's likely that Breath of the Wild 2 will be very similar to its original, so there will be a lot of similar mechanics included.
Even though Breath of the Wild is a fantastic game, it wasn't without flaws.
- New Areas And Environments
- Improved Main Dungeons
- Changing The Shrine Puzzles
- Weapon Durability Options
- Zelda As A Playable Character
As well, YouTuber Tyler McVicker talked about some unconfirmed information earlier this year, and alluded to the notion that Nintendo could take inspiration from Red Dead Redemption 2.
Characters go about their routines, wildlife roams the wilderness and seemingly unscripted events can have unexpected outcomes wherever you are on the map. These are all aspects that we could see from Nintendo down the line!
Ganondorf May Not Be The Main Antagonist
In Nintendo’s E3 2019 teaser trailer for BotW 2 it was teased that Ganondorf will be returning from the dead.
In a since-deleted post, a Redditor stated that they believe Ganondorf will not be the villain of the game.
The noted the following:
"Apparently, the game takes place directly after the original BotW as we expected, and as we assumed, it is going to show Link and Zelda rebuilding Hyrule while also dealing with a new threat (He didn’t say much other than that it isn’t Ganon directly)."
While the cast of characters for Breath of The Wild 2 is unknown as of now, we can assure you there will be an ample amount of old and new faces.
Here are some we suspect could be involved with the game!
- Fi - The goddess Hylia created the Goddess Sword and Fi, an intelligent humanoid spirit who resides in the Sword.
- Demise - Demise is perceived to be the original Ganon or at least have a connection to him. Reddit user ReroFunk pointed that a screenshot in the trailer looks a lot like Demise, but could just be a depiction of history.
- Zant - There is a solid chance we will be heading to theTwilight Realm once again and encountering an old foe in Zant. Reddit user ReroFunk found that if you reverse the trailer audio, there are certain notes that echo the music played during your final encounter with Zant.
- Midna - If we're revisiting the Twilight Realm, we would have to have Midna play her part in the battle against Zant and other evil forces.
- Vaati - The Minish were a race that was originally planned to return in Breath of the Wild. With the intentions to include cut content in the sequel, we could see the tiny characters return, alongside the evil Vaati who was the antagonist of The Minish Cap and a Minish themselves!
Breath of the Wild 2 Name
Some theories are floating around that BotW 2 will keep the "wild" part of its name and be called "The Legend of Zelda: Hope of the Wild."
Nintendo doesn't recycle names too often, but as GameOver Jesse points out, they do toy with them sometimes, especially when they want to keep close associations in mind as they did with Link Between Worlds.
Breath of the Wild 2 World Beneath
It's pretty evident from the BotW 2 trailer that something is going down underground. It's where Link and Zelda find Dry Ganondorf, there's apparently something Shiekah related down there, and Hyrule Castle gets separated from the surface at some point.
The idea is that underground will be BotW 2's main focus, or at least a significant part of it, as the Dark World was in Link to the Past.
Breath of the Wild 2 Time Travel
The Zelda timeline is confusing enough, but Age of Calamity completely shattered how we viewed the Breath of the Wild timeline.
A few rumors GameOver Jesse heard from potentially credible sources suggest time travel or time control will play a prominent role in BotW 2.
And that's not too surprising if so.
The Sheikah arm, or whatever it is, reverses time for Dry Ganondorf after all, and the series is no stranger to time travel anyway.
These rumors go further, though, saying we'll be playing through Link's memories this time and possibly meet with past versions of the Hylian hero.