The highly anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel now has a name, with the long-awaited instalment of the hit franchise set to go under the title The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Besides the name, the game also got a solid set-in-stone release date, barring any further pushbacks. Nintendo very carefully revealed a few major details surrounding their upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel at the recent Nintendo Direct event, which was enough to hype fans about the game for days to come. According to the global gaming giant, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will release on 12 May 2023, confirmed with a brief, not-so-revealing trailer.
Tears of the Kingdom will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch and will see the series protagonist, Link back for the ride. The recent trailer mainly reveals a few new ways to get around the map, new stasis powers, and the sequel’s cryptic and ravaged Hyrule. The latest clip starts with a bunch of mysterious wall carvings that are apparently connected to the game’s backstory which the sequel will likely delve into. Then, we suddenly see Link open a giant door, sprint to the edge of a floating island, jump straight off and start skydiving.
The trailer even revealed what appeared to be a way how Link could return back above the clouds (we see a boulder taking Link up in the air), we also see him climbing up tree roots and taking to the skies in a stone bird-shaped glider. The official description of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom from Nintendo’s latest press release indicates that the hovering islands above Hyrule will let players explore the vertical area of the open world as well. The description reads: “In addition to the vast lands of Hyrule, the latest entry in the storied Legend of Zelda series will take you up into the skies and an expanded world that goes beyond that!”
Nintendo is keeping things close to its chest, however, and there’s still a lot we don’t know about the sequel. For instance, the plot remains a mystery, along with the cast of characters and the size of the map, however, you can expect to see this change as we get closer to the release date. Originally, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was slated to come out in 2022 but was later delayed to 2023. In the announcement, series producer Eiji Aounuma stated, “in order to make this game’s experience something special, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on this game, so please wait a while longer.” While the initial teaser was short and sweet, we’re banking on this title being worth the wait.