Breath of the Wild 2 Update Teases New Gameplay Features

Breath of the Wild 2 Update Teases New Gameplay Features

The latest update on the development of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 has teased that the upcoming sequel will include new gameplay features.

The latest update regarding the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 has teased new gameplay features and encounters, as well as showing a new version of the Master Sword that appears to be broken. The main purpose of this update was to confirm that BOTW 2 has been delayed to spring 2023 after it was previously meant to launch in 2022.

The sequel to Breath of the Wild was initially revealed during Nintendo’s E3 2019, with a brief trailer that showed Link and Zelda encounter a horrific undead monster, and Hyrule Castle being sent into the sky. The game finally received a more in-depth trailer during E3 2021, showing Link using new abilities, including the power to travel to floating islands in the sky, which are reminiscent of the ones seen in Zelda: Skyward Sword. The trailer ended with the promise of a 2o22 release date, but that is not meant to be. It’s possible that BOTW 2 might launch alongside the Nintendo Switch’s rumored next iteration in 2023.

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The official Nintendo of America Twitter page featured an update on Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, where the delay was finally announced. The trailer also mentioned that the game will feature an expanded world beyond what has already been announced, as well as new encounters and gameplay features. While nothing explicit was shared, series producer Eiji Aonuma teased:

“As previously announced, the adventure in this sequel will take place not just on the ground as in the previous game, but also in the skies above. However, the expanded world goes beyond that, and there will be an even wider variety of features you can enjoy, including new encounters and new gameplay elements.”

The Legend of Zelda series producer, Eiji Aonuma, has an update to share about the launch timing of the sequel to The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Please take a look. pic.twitter.com/7OhayhiuM9

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 29, 2022

While vague on what exactly the new BOTW 2 features will entail, the update shows Link holding a version of the Master Sword with a broken blade. Fans have wondered if Link will be using the Master Sword from the beginning of the sequel, and it’s possible that Link breaks it at the start of the game and must gradually fix it by finding its pieces that are spread around Hyrule. This would give the developers a reason to bring back the weapons and durability system from the previous game, while ensuring Link will eventually wield the Master Sword at some point in BOTW 2.

It’s a shame that fans have to wait longer for the fan-dubbed Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, but the Nintendo Switch already has a stacked 2022 schedule. Even the 2022 holiday season is covered, as the console is receiving new mainline Pokémon games, in the form of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Fans might have to wait a little longer, but the sequel to Breath of the Wild is shaping up to be even bigger than its predecessor, which is why the developers should take all of the time they need to make the game as good as it can be. The Nintendo Switch’s 2022 line-up should have plenty to satisfy fans.

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The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2023.

Source: Nintendo of America/Twitter

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