'Breath of the Wild 2' Release Date and Theories for the Scary Zelda Sequel

Among the many thrilling announcements made during Nintendo’s E3 2019 presentations, maybe the biggest was the reveal that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is officially in the works. The announcement trailer revealed some surprising things, including a noticeably darker tone. It might even tease a new a new playable character in Zelda, a major first for the iconic series. What other goodies can we expect from this game?

Despite the lack of information given at Nintendo’s Switch-focused presentation, it’s not like we’re completely in the dark. For now, here’s everything we know about the forthcoming Breath of the Wild sequel game, from the release date to potential pot details to everything Nintendo told the media after its E3 2019 presentation.

When Is the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Be Released?

Breath of the Wild 2 is still in production. Neither Nintendo nor any of the Zelda team working on the game were able to give so much as a year for the expected launch. Since release dates can change rapidly following announcement trailers, it would be tough to confidently guess a release date but it will likely be at least a year or two before we get more information on this.

It’s worth noting that Nintendo first teased Breath of the Wild in 2013 and that game didn’t release until December 2017 as a Switch launch title. BotW faced numerous setbacks, though, and was presumably delayed to coincide with the new console. So you shouldn’t assume that the wait for its sequel will be quite as painfully long.

Ready to return to Hyrule?Nintendo/YouTube.

Can I Pre-order Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2?

Breath of the Wild 2 is still in production, so pre-order in unavailable at this time.

What Is the Plot of Breath of the Wild 2?

Breath of the Wild 2 will follow up after the events of Breath of the Wild. The announcement trailer hints at a darker tone during certain parts of the adventure as Link and Zelda team up. It also looks like players will be staying in Hyrule based on the trailer.

It’s unclear exactly what’s happening in the trailer, but plenty of fans have guessed that Link and Zelda may have discovered the dried up corpse of Ganondorf deep below Hyrule Castle. Assuming that’s the case, it seems something will go wrong, freeing the villain from whatever spell had been used to contain him and plunging Hyrule into darkness yet again.

One thing’s for sure, BotW 2 looks a lot spookier that the previous game. If that sounds similar to Majora’s Mask, the bizarre and beloved sequel to Nintendo’s groundbreaking Zelda game Ocarina of Time you’re not entirely wrong. Like OoT, which moved the franchise from top-down 2D graphics to a three-dimensional world, Breath of the World broke the old linear formula to create an open-world experience. This sequel could do something similar to Majora’s Mask, taking everything its immediate predecessor accomplished and injecting an extra dose of weirdness.

However, as IGN reported from E3, the you shouldn’t expect to see too much of Majora’s Mask in BotW 2.

Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma was only able to share this with IGN at E3 2019: “The new Breath of the Wild, or the sequel to it […] it’s not necessarily going to be related to Majora’s mask or inspired by it,” he remarked, continuing, “What we showed you currently is a little darker.”

Zelda looks upon the hand of her enemy.Nintendo/YouTube.

What Will Zelda” Breath of the Wild 2 Gameplay Be Like?

The details on gameplay have been minimal since Breath of the Wild 2 was announced at E3 2019. In a separate IGN report, Aonuma opened up about what other games inspired the sequel creators:

“I did hear that a lot of people were playing was Red Dead Redemption 2,” he said.

There is a chance the influences of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be felt within the world of the Breath of the Wild sequel since other games played by creative team members during Breath of the Wild’s production are arguably felt in that game. For example, Aonuma recalled to IGN, “When I was working on Breath of the Wild, the director [Hidemaro Fujibayashi] was playing Skyrim.” As players of both Breath of the Wild and Skyrim can attest, there are certainly similarities in the feel, setting, and rules of these open, fantasy worlds. The same could certainly go for Breath of the Wild 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

It’s unclear exactly what that might mean, but it could add up to a more impressive story (Breath of the Wild’s plot was a little lackluster) and even better horse mechanics (though BotW’s horses were already great).

How Can I Play Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2?

Breath of the Wild 2 will be available only on Nintendo Switch, though by the time this Zelda game comes out you’ll probably also be able to play it on the Switch Lite (or whatever Nintendo calls the upgraded console).

Zelda and Link search for answers.Nintendo/YouTube.

This Isn’t the Only Game From the World of Zelda to Look Forward to

It may be a while until we see more about the Breath of the Wild sequel game but that doesn’t mean we’ll have to live in a Zelda-less world for long. Coming to Switch on September 20, 2019 will be Nintendo’s new take on Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The game will be for Nintendo Switch only and is a remake of the 1993 Game Boy title. The original Link’s Awakening was a sequel to the game A Link to the Past and followed Link after he is washed ashore on Koholint Island. The trailer for the remake of the game teased this story would come to live in vivid new detail.

And starting now, you can also check out Cadence of Hyrule, a Nintendo-sanctioned spin-off from indie developer Brace Yourself Games where you fight Zelda enemies to the beat of remixed songs from the franchise.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is still in development.