Breath of the Wild 2 is Nintendo’s biggest upcoming game, but it’s not coming out anytime soon. Nintendo announced the sequel all the way back in 2019, with a spooky teaser that dropped jaws. Though the game isn’t slated to be released until spring 2023, there is a surprising amount of information for players to sink their teeth into.
This is everything you need to know about the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
When will Breath of the Wild 2 come out?
At E3 2021, Nintendo confirmed it aimed to release Breath of the Wild 2 in 2022. However, on March 29, 2022, series producer Eiji Aonuma revealed the sequel would not be released until spring 2023.
While Nintendo’s “Launch Timing Update” video from March 2022 included little new footage, we did get an intriguing new shot of Link holding a gnarly, seemingly corrupted version of the iconic Master Sword, which has the appearance of licking flames at the end of the blade, and appears to be imbued with some kind of powerful energy.
Is there a new Breath of the Wild 2 trailer?
The March 29 announcement did not include a new trailer. Recent rumors suggest that Nintendo will be holding a Nintendo Direct sometime in the back half of June 2022. This could be a chance for Nintendo to share more information about Breath of the Wild 2.
The most recent trailer for the game was shown off last summer, at E3 2021. It shows Link gliding and falling through the air, revealing that players will be able to explore islands in the sky. It also highlights some of the new powers Link will have at his disposal, including one that allows him to phase through objects.
It’s an exciting trailer and way more revealing than the mysterious teaser from E3 2019. You can check it out below.
If you want a refresher on that very first trailer from 2019, we’ve also included it here.
What is the Breath of the Wild 2 story?
We believe that 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.
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.
Some fans believe the game will have a plot that revolves around time travel. The voice actor for Daruk revealed he would be returning for the sequel in more than one role. He will also be voicing Daruk’s ancestor whom he calls “a bit more serious”.
One thing’s for sure, BOTW 2 looks a lot spookier than the previous game. The long-awaited sequel has a tone reminiscent of Majora’s Mask or Twilight Princess.
Will Zelda be playable in Breath of the Wild 2?
Recent leaks on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) suggest that Zelda could finally be playable in Breath of the Wild 2. While this has never happened in a mainline Zelda game, the leaker (a 3D artist claiming to be a Nintendo contractor) revealed information suggesting BOTW 2 could change that.
Specifically, the leaker mentions working on sequences related to the Sheikah Slate. By the end of Breath of the Wild, this is in the possession of Zelda. Link has been depicted as having some sort of mutated arm that replaces the Sheikah Slate in the available trailers for BOTW 2. Its inclusion raises questions about who could be using it, or why Link would be in possession of it in the first place.
What new features will Breath of the Wild 2 have?
The Weibo leak also claims BOTW 2 will include a “New Game Plus” mode. This would mean that players could start a new game and carry over their items and progression from a completed save. This is something not previously seen in a Zelda game.
One detail also states that Link will “look different” in New Game Plus. As this is translated this could refer to a change in outfit, or Link’s arm returning to normal. However, this could be another reference to playable Zelda, New Game Plus looks different because you are playing as a different character. This could function like Nier Automata which gives the player control over new characters in subsequent playthroughs.
Does Breath of the Wild 2 have an official title?
No! Despite the game's long gestation, there is no official title for the Breath of the Wild sequel. Yet more information from the Weibo leak gives some clues as to what the title could be.
The leaker mentioned animating dragons, which could be a major story element in the sequel. Whereas divine beasts were the focus of the first game, BOTW 2 could see the player searching after dragons, even riding them through the sky islands. If the inclusion of dragons is important to plot elements in Breath of the Wild 2 then it would make sense, why Nintendo hasn’t revealed an official title yet.
Will Breath of the Wild 2 launch with a Switch Pro?
One of the bigger rumors circulating is that Nintendo might release Breath of the Wild 2 alongside a new Switch model. That seems like a logical conclusion considering that the first game launched with the current Switch model. The reality here? Don’t get your hopes up.
Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch OLED model, ending any rumors of an upgraded piece of Nintendo hardware. While it’s always possible that Nintendo could release a new system in 2022 or 2023, the Switch is doing just fine.
Omdia Senior Analyst George Jijiashvili tells Inverse, “Based on how Nintendo tends to operate, I believe it would release Breath of the Wild 2 when it thinks it’s ready, instead of syncing it up with a new hardware launch.”
Previous versions of this article were written by Allie Gemmill and Giovanni Colantonio.
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