Breath of the Wild 2: Release Date, Gameplay, and What We Know So Far | IGN

Legend of Zelda sequels are few and far between, so it was a delightful surprise to hear Breath of the Wild 2 was in the works. Ever since Nintendo showed a teaser for the still-unnamed sequel for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 2019, we’ve been waiting on the edge of our seats for a full official reveal and it seems most likely we’ll be getting that at E3 2021.

When is the Breath of the Wild 2 Release Date?

Nintendo hasn’t announced a release date for the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel just yet. However, at the very least we know it’s on Nintendo’s future roadmap with a TBA release date. Last we saw, the sequel appeared on a slide for upcoming titles, alongside Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4, in Nintendo’s last financial report.

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Breath of the Wild 2 First Teaser

Nintendo first revealed the development of a Breath of the Wild sequel was underway with a short teaser trailer at E3 2019. 

In the short trailer, we can see Link and Zelda are exploring an underground cavern on the back of an elephant-like mount. They happen across a corpse emanating both tendrils of dark smoke and strings of light. It’s revealed that the strings of light coalesce into an arm of light holding back the darkness leaking through the corpse chest, which appears to be a mummified male Gerudo donning gold jewelry and long hair – this is presumably Ganondorf.

What follows is a series of rapid flashes that shows Link wielding his own arm of light, the original arm of light saving Link from falling, and a glimpse of the sealing ritual placed on the corpse. The trailer ends with the cavern collapsing, the corpse coming back to life and Hyrule Castle rising into the air.

The trailer ends with a message that reads “the sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development.”

Shortly after the trailer aired on Nintendo’s E3 2019 direct, The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma explained that his team was working on a sequel simply because it had too many DLC ideas for the original game.

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Breath of the Wild 2 News

Since then Nintendo hasn’t shown any more new videos, images, or made any new announcements about the game. That said, the Internet has been keeping our interest in the Breath of the Wild 2 alive with even the smallest updates we’ve heard over the last two years.

Earlier in February 2021, Eiji Aonuma announced that there will be more news on the highly anticipated sequel later this year. It seems like high time we get an update on the game since the Legend of Zelda series just celebrated its 35th anniversary to little official fanfare earlier this February.

Nintendo’s E3 2021 Direct livesteam would be the perfect occasion for a full reveal trailer or even gameplay. We have our fingers crossed we’ll see more of the game on June 15 at 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm BST, or June 16th at 2am AEST.

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