Nintendo kicked off its annual Treehouse livestream at this year’s E3 with the closest look so far at the new Legend of Zelda game. Titled, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the brand new gameplay trailer shows off the best peek anybody has gotten of Nintendo’s beloved adventure series.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé, took the stage this morning to unveil the new trailer. As the music began to roll, a woman’s voice could be heard calling out to Link. This is the first instance of voice-over acting featured in any Zelda game to date. As the camera pans across the new world, Link is introduced parachuting off a large cliff, and into the brand new world of what is presumably Hyrule. What follows is a montage of environmental puzzles, new gameplay elements, brand new tools and weapons, new enemies, and a diverse range of new environments, from snowy mountains to large forests.
Fils-Aimé highlighted the game’s continuous world as the game’s defining feature. The world of Breath of the Wild will be the biggest seen in any Zelda game, to the point that E3 attendees who get a chance to demo the new game will be unable to play-through the entire level in one sitting. The new world will also lend itself to seamless travel across a wide variety of environments. From the looks of the trailer, using the specific elements of each unique setting seems crucial to successfully playing through the game. Whether it’s swimming across large bodies of water, or using an axe to cut down trees so Link can cross large chasms, the world really is its own character in the new Zelda game. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available for both the Nintendo Wii U and the as-yet unannounced Nintendo NX.