The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is in development, though the 82-second teaser trailer gives away very little about the upcoming game.
That said, a few shots from the trailer have birthed a host of fan theories, and some of them are very convincing.
Breath of the Wild 2 is expected to be one of the highest-grossing games of 2020, considering the immense success its predecessor saw at Google Switch’s launch in March 2017.
Continue reading this piece for all the latest on BOTW2 theories, and check back in for the weekly updates.
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Return of an ancient evil
The pair are riding a large elephant when something shocks them, which is when we are brought to a scene of the resurrection of a haunted-looking skeleton.
If you listen to the audio in reverse, u/ReroFunk argues that there are definitive notes that echo the music played in the final encounter with Zant.
Listen here for yourself:
While the return of Ganondorf, Demise or something else entirely could be on the cards, this ‘reverse audio’ theory is the closest thing we have to an answer.
We’re pretty used to seeing Zelda as a damsel in distress, but she could finally become an optional playable character in the sequel, or even a fully playable heroine.
There is some weight behind this idea, as Zelda’s clothing and new haircut suggest she will be going on an adventure instead of sitting safely on her throne in Hyrule.
Some fans have gone as far as speculating that Zelda could be rescuing Link this time round, but we have no evidence to support this claim.
A dark turn
At this point, all we can really tell you is just how little we know. And there are enough rumours out there that even the game’s design team are probably confused.
“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… What we showed you currently is a little darker,” Aonuma said.
The trailer certainly supports this darker notion, with a decomposing corpse being resurrected by a disembodied hand.