Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 Release Date: Trailer, Gameplay, Nintendo Direct, Playable Zelda, Theme, Multiplayer Co-Op, Switch, Artwork & everything else we know

The community wants to see a 2020 release, but it’s starting to look like a much longer wait.

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In the midst of coronavirus chaos and plenty of shifty release dates, fans are still anxiously awaiting more news on Breath of the Wild 2.

But Nintendo Direct didn’t bring the answers we wanted, and there’s no way to know when more information will come.

For now, let’s go over everything we know about the next big Zelda game so far.

Release date

Many fans want to see a 2020 release date for the next Legend of Zelda game, but it’s starting to look like it will be much longer of a wait.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 may come to the alleged next-gen Switch

While Nintendo hasn’t provided any updates on the progression of the sequel apart from revealing some artwork. As reported by the Daily Express, they are allegedly looking to expand their team by bringing on experienced level designers (which is supported by Nintendo Japan’s job posts going viral last year on Twitter).

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While this suggests Nintendo is searching for talented individuals, it also means we are likely to see a release in 2021 – later than anticipated.

This checks out, as there are rumours Nintendo will be launching a Switch ‘Pro’ the very same year, allegedly capable of running at 60fps and in 4K.

Nintendo will hope that the BOTW sequel can be just as good at selling consoles as the first – it proved a massive success on the Switch when it released in March 2017.

Trailer

At E3 2019, Nintendo released a teaser trailer showing Zelda exploring a spooky underground chamber with Link, and there are a few things pointing towards a dark twist in the next game. 

DARKER: A screenshot taken from the teaser trailer

Link and Zelda explore a dark dungeon existing beneath Hyrule, home to some creepy-looking spirits.

The trailer ends with what looks like an earthquake and Hyrule Castle collapsing into a cloud of dust. We have no idea what to make of this, but the animation already has us on the edge of our seats.

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Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has made it clear that the game is going to have a darker tone than the original Breath of the Wild, and the trailer certainly supports the notion of a dark twist.

The warrior’s corpse being resurrected by a disembodied hand is certainly a change from the cheerful storyline in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

Combining what we have seen so far about the new game, we expect things to take on an entirely new tone featuring a new map and new dungeons.

Playable Zelda

We’re used to seeing Zelda as a damsel in distress, but she could finally become a fully playable heroine.

Zelda and Link pass through the mysterious dungeon on a massive elephant

There is some weight behind this theory, as Zelda’s clothing and new haircut suggest she will be going on an adventure instead of sitting safely on her throne.

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Some fans have speculated that Zelda could be rescuing Link this time around, but there’s no evidence to support this claim.

With an all new map, all new dungeons, and a potential all new tone, a playable Zelda would be a perfect extra change for the new game.

Artwork

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DANGER- Expect all kinds of foes in the darker Zelda Breath of the Wild 2

We still haven’t gotten much at all on Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, but what we have gotten is some artwork.

We expect the game to look amazing on the Nintendo Switch, even while the rest of gaming moves on to next-gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X.

With some leaked job posts around the new game, we can expect some quality 3D level designers to put this artwork into action in-game, bringing it all to life.

Final thoughts

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We hope that Nintendo can ‘switch’ things up when it comes to the next instalment of Zelda.

It will be a hard balancing act to offer the innovation we are expecting, without straying too far from what made the prequel so successful.

Julian Sims