Nintendo capped off its pretty fine E3 showing in blockbuster style, revealing a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development for Nintendo Switch.
Breath of the Wild has shifted more than 13 million copies so this was always in the cards, although this is the first confirmation that Nintendo will be heading down the same sandbox path as its critically acclaimed Switch launch title.
Tuck into the mysterious reveal trailer for yourself below. There are already plenty of wild fan theories about what it could all mean.
The trailer opens with both Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon that appears to be beneath Hyrule Castle. Some sort of eerie magic is at play here. Couple it with the foreboding music and a show of what may be the skeletal remains of Ganon coming back to life and it would seem we have a darker tale coming for Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.
Breath of the Wild comfortably occupies a slot in my top five games of all time so I’m all too keen to see Nintendo go wild with the base concepts and ideas already in place. The only (sort of) precedent for a Zelda sequel we’ve had so far was The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Taking the core of Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask spun this off into a Groundhog Day-type darker adventure which ended up one of the most unique Zelda experiences of all time. With the expanded immersive world laid out in Breath of the Wild, coupled with the physics-based mechanics and skills already present, Breath of the Wild 2 could be a very special, very different sequel indeed.
It’s early days for this announcement. We have to assume Hidemaro Fujibayashi and the rest of the team at Nintendo EPD have been working on this game since shortly after Breath of the Wild launched in 2017. Optimistically we’re pinning our hopes on a holiday 2020 launch, just in time to clinch top spot in the charts while the next-gen consoles are launching. That’s an early guess though and it’s easy to see Breath of the Wild 2 being a 2021 title.