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

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

Julian-Sims by Julian Sims

Fans all over the world are waiting for a pretty huge update on Breath of the Wild 2. That being said, information has been trickling through at a slower rate than desired.

The highly-anticipated Zelda sequel is going to be Nintendo’s flagship title for 2020, that is – if it actually releases this year.

This game comes off the back of a wildly successful prequel, which propelled the sales of the Nintendo Switch at launch in 2017.

It’s looking like the new instalment will take a dark turn, and we can’t wait to see where it takes Zelda and Link this time around.

Remember, we’ll be updating this article regularly with all the latest release date news, gameplay rumours and information.

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, 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.

Nintendo Direct

Nintendo hosted a major event before the end of March, which would provide them with plenty of airtime to share news.

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HELL YEA: These classic franchises are gonna see big updates next week!

Anticipation ahead of the event was at fever-pitch, with VentureBeat backing the idea that Nintendo will be holding a Direct Event before the end of March, saying:

“Nintendo is deep into the process of putting the event together based on what I’ve heard. It has decided many of the third-party games it will include in the event.”

“So it’s definitely happening — and almost certainly before the end of March.”

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Of course, we want to know as much as possible about BOTW 2, but there are allegedly two other projects in the works that haven’t been revealed, so this is potential for massive news!

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.

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.

News

The latest rumours regarding the sequel suggest the map will be different from anything we have ever seen in Zelda.

UP IN THE AIR: We don’t know yet, but expect to see some changes to the map you grew to love

The job listings that leaked last year (below) on Twitter suggest Nintendo is looking for 3D level designers, so we can expect some more dungeons to feature in the game.

This is the news we were hoping for, as we have been craving some new environments to explore.

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BOTW’s setting was beautiful and featured a dynamic weather system. But some new landscape would help to keep things fresh.

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

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