At the very end of Nintendo’s E3 presentation, what seemed like a quick reminder of an expansion for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity transformed into the reveal that fans have been eagerly awaiting.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild II was briefly showcased for the first time since its reveal back in 2019, depicting some of the action and its intended release window: 2022.
Nintendo gives another look at the Breath of the Wild sequel
Eiji Aonuma, the producer of the series, left the massive reveal for the very end of the presentation. The video shows Zelda falling into Malice, Link soaring through the air, so many stunning environments, and a bunch of enemies populating the world.
As would be inferred from the new footage being billed the ‘E3 2021 Teaser,’ there’s still very little information for the highly-anticipated sequel. In fact, we don’t even know its official name as it’s still being billed as the “Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”
Towards the end of the video, it’s revealed that Breath of the Wild II will release in 2022, which was almost certainly expected by fans at this point. Given the popularity of the first game, Nintendo will want to go all-in on the promotion trail, so they will need more than six months of build from next to nothing to do the game justice.
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During the presentation, ‘likes’ for the YouTube stream on the official Nintendo channel shot up from around 130,000 to over 160,000 after Breath of the Wild II was revealed.
Of course, Nintendo have many incredibly popular franchises up their sleeve, with Metroid 4 – despite the reveal of the 2D game Metroid Dread – and Mario Kart 9 being up at the top of many players’ wish lists.
Still, though, it’s tough to dispute the sequel to Breath of the Wild as being the upcoming game that will create the most buzz. Breath of the Wild brought a tremendous new lease of life to the already much-loved series, impressing fans, critics, and newcomers alike.
Furthermore, it was a major driver of Nintendo Switch console sales, being a launch title thanks to development delays – as it was intended to arrive on the lost Wii U in 2015.
It may not arrive until next year, but the E3 teaser video for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will do wonders to appease the fans who have been eagerly awaiting any slither of information.
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