Nintendo has returned to officially mention The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, even though it’s not the good news fans of the franchise have been waiting for since the initial announcement of the game.
Series producer Eiji Aonuma has discussed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 during the presentation video for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, coming this year for Nintendo Switch. The game is a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, set 100 years before the original action-adventure, so it made sense that Nintendo acknowledged the other ‘small’ game they currently have in production.
“We mentioned in the June 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation that we had started development on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” said Aonuma.
“Many people around the world are still playing Breath of the Wild, so I’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Everyone, thank you so much.”
“Regarding the sequel,” he added, “in order to make the vast world you’ve enjoyed exploring in the original game even more impressive, the team is working hard on its development.”
The state of development, which is mentioned for the first time, has the team still working “hard,” and the core target is to make it a “vast world” and “even more impressive” than the original Breath of the Wild.
At the end of last year, Nintendo was still hiring developers to staff up its team, so it isn’t really a surprise that it will still take some time.
Recently, a Spanish podcast with local voice actors had made fans believe that dubbing work had already been completed, but that turned out to be mistranslated.
With the ambitions set so high, it is comprehensible that, while the latest Hyrule Warriors is releasing so close to its reveal, “you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can provide more updates.”
We already knew that the title would be coming with some gameplay surprises and bigger scope than the original since it was born out of the too many and too big ideas Nintendo had for Breath of the Wild’s DLC.
The previous rumors pointed at possibilities that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could be releasing alongside a more powerful Nintendo Switch model.