A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is in development, Nintendo teased in dramatic fashion during this year’s E3 Direct with a wholly unexpected trailer to bookend the briefing.
Nintendo’s briefing was among the best of the bunch bolstered by a raft of exciting new titles, in many ways striking a more promising, and a decidedly more joyous, note in a generally underwhelming edition of E3.
The trailer doesn’t reveal much other than an identical art style to the original alongside a glimpse of both Princess Zelda and Link as well as a straight-up creepy incarnation of Calamity Ganon as a new menace.
Spiraling green runes and a mysterious tentacle-like mist appears to cause a cataclysmic event that rocks the kingdom of Hyrule, the castle bearing the brunt of the damage as it is engulfed in a cloud of smoke and seemingly levitates.
The trailer effectively announces the sequel is in development but leaves us in the dark as to how far into development it is or what we can expect in terms of the story, let alone a release window. Does it pick up directly from where The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild left off?
A sequel isn’t surprising after the massive success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the way the announcement popped up out of nowhere with no apparent preliminary rumblings on the rumor mill makes it a welcome surprise for Switch players.
We imagine Nintendo’s presence at next year’s E3 will be heavily focused on the sequel, and until then, it’s going to be a long wait.