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Breath Of The Wild 2: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer, And More

Breath Of The Wild 2: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer, And More
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton

Posted 

5th Apr 2022 09:34

We now know that the Breath of the Wild 2 release date is set to come a little later than originally slated, with the news of its recent delay leaving even more time between its eventual release and the first game. Even since the behemoth success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a follow-up seems like a no-brainer, and it gives the team at Nintendo another shot at raising the bar when it comes to open-world design. If you want to know everything there is to know about the Breath of the Wild 2 release date, gameplay, trailers, and more, read on.

Breath Of The Wild 2 Release Date

Up until very recently, we had been given a release window of 2022 for the upcoming Zelda title, but we now know the game is set to come in the Spring of 2023.

This puts the game at least another year out as of writing this, and while the delay is sad news for many fans, this year is rounding up to be a big one, with huge releases throughout. Breath of the Wild 2 would hardly have struggled against titles such as God of War Ragnarök and Starfield, but it gives them an emptier window, and a lot more time to polish it off.

Breath Of The Wild 2 Name

Breath Of The Wild 2 name

Everyone has been referring to the next Zelda title as Breath of the Wild 2, and this makes sense considering it's slated to be a direct sequel, and will build on many elements of the prior game. However, we still don't have the official name for it yet, as BOTW2 is a very unlikely option. 

A report from industry veteran Paul Gale claims that the upcoming title could be called Breath of Duality. While this isn't a concrete claim, and his source does state that this information is relatively old, it's a key into the type of title that we could eventually get. The BOTW sequel's name is a very closely guarded secret at this point, but as Spring 2023 rolls closer, we should get an official title.

 

Breath Of The Wild 2 Trailers

The first trailer we received for the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer came back in 2019, at the Nintendo E3 conference. It showed a series of fast cutting scenes in that iconic BOTW artstyle, depicting a series of scenes with Link underground, along with some floating green runes, a tentacle0like corruption, and an undead person coming back to life. After this, it cuts to an outside view of Hyrule, before a castle in the distance begins to rise out of the ground, toward the sky. 

The second trailer came two years later, giving us a lot more information by building on what little we learnt from the first one. It jumped into things by showing Link skydiving through the air, before cutting to scenes showing the various locations in the sky. It also gave us a look at some new areas and enemies, such as the giant stone golem, and a flying machine. There were also some familiar things thrown in, such as showing Link on the Hyrule surface, and your standard dungeon diving.

Both trailers very clearly highlight the aspect of the sequel which involves the skies above Hyrule, and all its floating dungeons, temples, and towns. 

Breath Of The Wild 2 Gameplay And Story

Breath Of The Wild 2 gameplay

It's safe to assume that the gameplay of Breath of the Wild 2 will be very similar to the first game, but built upon, and added to with new features and mechanics. One of the game's producers, Eiji Aonuma, has spoken on this before stating: "As previously announced, the adventure in this sequel will take place not just on the ground as in the previous game, but also in the skies above."

He continued: "However, the expanded world goes beyond that and there will be an even wider variety of features you can enjoy, including new encounters and new gameplay elements." What all these new gameplay elements are remains to be seen, but we can assume most of them will relate to the new vertical focus of the game. 

We don't know much about the story officially, but there have been some now-removed leaks from 4Chan before that have detailed more specific aspects of the game. While this should be taken with a grain of salt, none of the reported leaks have been out of the bounds of reason. 

Firstly, the game is supposed to take place immediately after the events of Breath of the Wild, with a focus around time manipulation and another dimension. Zelda is supposedly trapped in this alternate dimension, so her and Link need to work together to fix things. This may mean there will be sections where you can play as her as well. Presumably the big goal of the game is to also slay Ganondorf once again, and the leaks claim that he'll need to be restored to his physical form before this can happen.

Breath Of The Wild 2 Platforms

As far as we know, the game is only set for the Nintendo Switch, like the previous title. If the rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro is set to release at any point, it's safe to assume it will also be available for that console.