After what feels like 84 years of anticipation, Nintendo has revealed a stunning new trailer for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, along with a 2022 release date. We don’t quite have a subtitle yet, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
Fans have been waiting for this latest update for two years, ever since Nintendo announced the sequel was in development at E3 in 2019. At the time, Nintendo unleashed a glimpse at the game, via a purely cinematic trailer.
At E3 2021, however, Nintendo gave us gameplay. And Link’s luscious hair. And his ARM. And islands in the sky. And holy shit I cannot wait to fall to my death.
Shivers, I have shivers.
“Return to Hyrule – and the skies above – in the first look at gameplay for the sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Nintendo said. “Planned for release on Nintendo Switch in 2022.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the use of the word planned was very much intentional. We know how common it is for games to be delayed, especially ginormous ones like Breath of the Wild. Giving the highly-anticipated sequel a release window, rather than an exact release date is probably the best bet here in case issues – *knocks on wood* – arise.
As for that elusive subtitle, word around the block is Nintendo doesn’t want to reveal it yet because it’s kind of a spoiler.
Nintendo’s Bill Trinen told IGN, “Obviously, Zelda names are kind of important. Those subtitles… they start to give little bits of hints about maybe what’s going to happen.”
Meanwhile, on Twitter.
— KaiJu ???? (@mochidayo_) June 15, 2021
Love me some gorg fan art.
— Marla @ ???????? (@glossywooo) June 15, 2021
Skyward Sword, that you?
— Alexander Trevino (@TrainerTrevino) June 15, 2021
— ???? (@bjorkspears) June 15, 2021
People already have theories about what the game could include, by the way. This is the main theory, and it makes quite a bit of sense when you think about it.
ive talked about this already on my zelda side but i really dont think the link we see in the trailer is just Link With His Hair Down i think its the first hero, i think we'll get to play as him 10,000 years in the past. pic.twitter.com/rcCeo2Zq3D
— almond???? @CAPYBARA KICKSTARTER! (@watery_day) June 15, 2021
crazy theory but hear me out, that one character with the weird long hair in the botw 2 trailer is the ancient link that originally sealed the calamity and both of the links will be playable in the game in some way, probably dealing with time travel of some sort pic.twitter.com/Bh2l3Kbv6N
— ???????????????? (@EnbyThroatzilla) June 15, 2021
My theory is that BOTW 2 will switch back and forth between Link’s pov in the skies and Zelda’s pov underground
What do you all think ???? pic.twitter.com/WaZgFiawk4
— Spicy | Queenbosa stan (@quepasta_) June 15, 2021
Breath of the Wild was a launch title for the Nintendo Switch back in March 2017, and it debuted to triumphant reviews. I’m talking countless 10/10 ratings, so it’s safe to say there is a lot riding on this sequel.
We’ll let you know when Nintendo announces the exact release date. Or really, you’ll hear the internet screaming about it.
Wait, one more tweet.
day 1: BOTW 2 LIVE REACTION!!
day 2: 10 Things You Missed in the BOTW 2 Trailer
day 4: NEWEST Theory About Link’s BOTW 2 Arm
day 12: 15 MORE Things You Missed in the BOTW 2 Trailer
day 83: What These Two Pixels in the BOTW 2 Trailer Tell Us About Link’s Psychological State
— alicia ???? (@alchenart) June 16, 2021
I lied, lucky last tweet.
Zelda conspiracy theorists: pic.twitter.com/R0Pjwn9IZ1
— Alex Strook (@AlexStrook) June 15, 2021
Will I still watch these videos? Yes!