THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TEARS OF THE KINGDOM - RELEASE DATE, NEWS, TRAILERS! March 12. 2023. Everything we know so far about Tears of the Kingdom, the long-awaited sequel to Breath of the Wild.
The Legend of Zelda series is arguably one of the best franchises to ever grace gaming, with some titles so iconic that they're single-handedly capable of selling consoles. There are likely many gamers out there with fond memories of snagging a Nintendo 64 to play Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, and there are surely those that finally caved into buying a Nintendo Gamecube to adventure through The Wind Waker. Even now, The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most iconic franchises, with Nintendo Switch consoles flying off store shelves thanks to Breath of the Wild. But there's something extra special about the latest addition to the franchise. Breath of the Wild is unlike any other Legend of Zelda experience thanks to its massive open-world, incredible combat, and breathtaking visuals. Breath of the Wild isn't just a great Zelda game, it's one of the best games ever released, and fans have been hungry for a continuation of the series. At E3 2019, fans finally got their wish, with Nintendo announcing not only a new Legend of Zelda title but one that would be a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild. For some time, fans referred to this game as "Breath of the Wild 2," but we now have a name: Tears of the Kingdom.
After an initial planned date of 2022 and some delays, it has been confirmed that Tears of the Kingdom will be released on May 12, 2023.
For those who are looking for a physical version of Tears of the Kingdom, there is good news. Tears of the Kingdom will release in a standard physical edition, as well as an enhanced collector's edition that comes with an artbook, SteelBook case, steel poster, and four pins.
Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma has been pretty adamant about the development team wanting to revisit Breath of the Wild's version of Hyrule. In fact, the entire reason a sequel was even considered was because the designer and producer had so many ideas he wanted to explore via DLC for the original release. After sitting down and really looking at the "scale" of what they wanted to offer as additional content, an entirely new adventure was born.
Here's a rundown of what we currently know about the development of this new adventure:
• Hidemaro Fujibayashi is returning as director for the upcoming release so players can expect Breath of the Wild 2 to be a true sequel to its predecessors both in design and vision.
• The original direction for Breath of the Wild took a lot of inspiration from Skyrim but Eiji Aonuma noted that many younger members of his development staff were deeply engrossed by the world of Red Dead Redemption 2.
• As it currently stands, Tears of the Kingdom appears to draw inspiration from Red Dead Redemption 2 and another "unknown game."
• Although the reveal trailer showcases a darker tone, Eiji Aonuma confirmed that the upcoming title will not be related to Majora's Mask.
It's easy to understand why fans may be a bit anxious concerning the game's gameplay and other specifics. Since it's a direct sequel, and developers are planning to revisit the world of Hyrule from the first release, it's easy to assume that there will be many similarities. While it may be true that the game's creators have access to a lot of assets and an already-intact overworld, players don't yet know the scale of how Hyrule will change and what developers will implement to make the title's areas feel new and exciting.