We still barely know anything about the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is why the fandom spends so much time dissecting the likelihood of the latest leaks. News ranges from speculations about Link’s new abilities to a dark fate for the hero. In other words, the drama is endless. A major leak just appeared on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) where a 3D artist working on animation shared some game-changing secrets about the Zelda sequel. If true, then the next mainline Zelda game would introduce two major firsts for the series.
SwitchForce, a popular Nintendo Switch-focused YouTuber, was one of the biggest channels to pick up the story. In his video, he explains that the leaker claimed to be a Nintendo contractor based in Tokyo who joined the project in March last year. A Reddit post sharing the same information from Famiboards matched his story. These two main takeaways emerged from the contractor’s leaks.
1. The Sheikah Slate is back
The leaker is a 3D artist. With that in mind, she mentioned animating sequences related to the first time the player picks up the Sheikah Slate. This also caused fans to jump to the conclusion of a possible playable Zelda.
Zelda has the Sheikah Slate by the end of Breath of the Wild, so it raises the question of why Link would have it back in his possession. SwitchForce raised the possibility of Zelda being a playable character since she would theoretically have the Slate. We see Zelda in action in Hyrule Warriors, so it isn’t totally out of the question. However, fans have yet to see her as one of the playable characters in a mainline Zelda game.
Link’s mutated arm seems to replace the Sheikah Slate in the Breath of the Wild sequel trailers, so it’d also be interesting to see how the two powers complement each other or if his arm is related to the Sheikah Slate. Zelda also could’ve dropped the Sheikah Slate when she fell into a black hole in the E3 2021 trailer. Who knows?
The leaker also mentioned working on a “roaring dragon” and “flying dragon” animation, which could be related to the unreleased title for Breath of the Wild 2.
2. New Game Plus
The Breath of the Wild sequel might also incorporate “New Game Plus,” which would be a first for the Legend of Zelda series. New Game Plus is a feature that enables players to carry over progress like stats, weapons, and other items into a new playthrough so that it’s easier to explore areas you might’ve missed and replay specific moments without grinding through the same content again.
Related to New Game Plus, Link will apparently “look different” at the end of the Breath of the Wild sequel. SwitchForce notes that this could be lost in translation and is probably the least clear detail mentioned in the leak, considering “look different” could mean a number of things from changing outfits to Link’s arm returning to normal.
SwitchForce also pointed out that he could “look different” if New Game Plus enabled playing as other characters like Zelda. However, he admits at the end of the video that he doesn’t think playable Zelda is likely because of how Nintendo has dodged the possibility for so long.
None of the information in this leak has been confirmed. It’s dubious at best, considering there isn’t any proof like screenshots or a track record from the leaker to support them. We might get more concrete information from Nintendo about Breath of the Wild during the next Direct. Another leak claims that the Direct may or may not be coming up sometime this month.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2023.