At a recent Nintendo Direct, the Kyoto-based company revealed a new name for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 as well as its release date.
A trailer dropped during the event debuted the game’s new name: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and confirmed that it would be arriving on May 13, 2023.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that “Breath of the Wild 2″ would get a different name before its release date. Nintendo has traditionally shied away from using numbered sequels to specific Zelda installments (barring the original Zelda 2 on the Famicom/NES).
For Tears of the Kingdom, however, the company refrained from revealing the “real” name of the game as it would apparently spoil certain details about the game’s premise.
The new trailer, which can be seen below, is brief and doesn’t give away much, focusing mostly on the name and release date. What is shown are what seem to be some in-game hieroglyphics that could point towards some overarching myth arc or a larger story. The trailer also shows what seems to be some sort of deity surrounded by icons with what are likely the proverbial tears in the game’s titles. (Read: Top 5 most romantic video game scenes for the tito/tita gamer)
That said, the trailer does have a bit of gameplay, showing how Link will take to the skies more with his glider, while also demonstrating that there will still be plenty of climbing.
All this hints at a game that pretty much follows in the footsteps of its acclaimed predecessor. This is something that should come as no surprise considering that Tears of the Kingdom began as a set of ideas that Nintendo couldn’t fit into Breath of the Wild.
“Initially we were thinking of just DLC ideas,” Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma said during an interview. “But then we had a lot of ideas and we said, ‘This is too many ideas, let’s just make one new game and start from scratch.’”
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