Breath Of The Wild 2's Full Title Is Being Deliberately Hidden For Now
There was a last-minute save from Nintendo at this year's E3, as the House that Mario built (just about) pulled it out of the bag with a tantalising tease from the Zelda universe. 2021 marks 35 years since Link first put on his green tunic and tried to save the world, and with the celebrations carrying on, we finally got a closer look at Breath of the Wild 2.
In 2017, the Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and helped take the long-running fantasy series into a new era. Cited by many as the best Zelda game since Ocarina of Time - if not the best Zelda game ever - we've been patiently waiting for the inevitable sequel. With a release date finally on the cards, players are asking what Breath of the Wild 2 will really be called.
What is the official title for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2?
Following the latest BOTW2 trailer reveal at E3, Nintendo Treehouse’s Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff discussed the game's title with IGN. According to the representatives, the game is only using the subtitle Breath of the Wild 2. Trinen explained, "As for why we’re holding back on the name, you’ll just have to stay tuned because, obviously, Zelda names are kind of important".
The latest reveal confirmed that we'll be heading into the skies above Hyrule for what looks like an adventure of two halves. Putting the pieces together, it might have something to do with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. As a next-gen version of the 2011 Wii game, we'll once again be taking the action to the high-altitude realm of Skyloft. Could Breath of the Wild be seen as a sequel to both its predecessor and Skyward Sword?
Zelda games have an odd history when it comes to naming their sequels. Aside from 1987's Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, the franchise has ditched numerical sequels. Majora's Mask wasn't called Ocarina of Time 2, while Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks weren't named Wind Waker 2 and 3. Nintendo could've simply called the next game Breath of the Wild 2, but we aren't buying it.
When will we see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2?
After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Nintendo finally confirmed Breath of the Wild 2 is coming to the Switch in 2022. E3 mysteriously didn't reveal that rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro, so we're no closer to figuring out what platform the sequel will be coming to.
It was always optimistic to think BOTW2 would be coming in 2021, and while it would've been a nice idea to celebrate the franchise's 35th anniversary, we have to accept it's not going to happen. Maybe Nintendo had planned a release this year, but if that was the case, COVID-19 likely played a part in its delay. Still, with Breath of the Wild helping reinvent the Zelda name, we can't wait to see what its sequel has planned.