Nintendo has announced a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 2019.
In a surprise final announcement in its Nintendo Direct, we saw a trailer that showed us a return to BotW’s version of Hyrule, but with a seemingly much darker tone. The game seems to centre on Link and Zelda adventuring together, and the awakening of a mummified figure that may be a version of Ganondorf, or at least a Gerudo.
No release date or gameplay was shown, but we were told the game is in development.
There’s a lot to unpack here. The True Ending to BotW saw Zelda seemingly shorn of her powers, but intent on rebuilding her fallen kingdom. Specifically, she and Link are heading to the Divine Beast Vah Ruta, which has stopped working. It’s possible that’s the catalyst for what’s happening in the sequel.
The new trailer shows Zelda wearing her Champion’s garb, but with much shorter hair than in that ending, perhaps implying that some time has passed since the ending of that game, and the start of her adventures with Link.
We also see a shot of Hyrule Castle seemingly detaching from the ground and taking off, which may be a reference to the ending of The Legend of Zelda: Orarina of Time.
Whatever it turns out to be, this is exciting news. We awarded Breath of the Wild a full 10/10 review, calling it “evocative, exhilarating, and a masterclass in open-world design.”