Zelda Tears of The Kingdom, the highly anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild released on Nintendo Switch in 2017, is coming soon to BigN’s hybrid console. Release date, story, gameplay mechanics, trailer, we take stock of everything we know about the continuation of Link and Zelda’s adventures.
2017, Nintendo has dealt a punch with Zelda Breath of The Wild. Considered today a masterpiece, the Japanese manufacturer has managed with this opus to modernize a 25-year-old saga while revolutionizing the design of open world games. At a time when open-world games are almost all adopting the recipe popularized by Ubisoft games like Assassin’s Creed or The Division, i.e. titles packed with (often boring) side quests that constantly guide the player, Nintendo is moving in the opposite direction . .
Yes, Zelda BOTW will be an open world. With the difference that there will be no question marks on the map, no ultra-detailed log to indicate all the steps to follow. No, it is up to the player to mark his own points of interest, to get your bearings in this vast world by exploring it from top to bottom. In addition, everyone can start their adventure at their own discretion. Want to go straight to Hyrule Castle to fight the final boss? You can do it even if the task looks very complicated.
In other words, Zelda BOW doesn’t hold the player’s hand and invites him to discover the world at his own pace, and let yourself be carried away by your desires for the unknown. In 2022, many games have adopted this philosophy, such as Elden Ring, the latest from the From Software studio. Named game of the year in 2017, it was certain that Nintendo would be working on a sequel.
📅 When is Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom coming out?
Zelda Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023. The date (along with the title of the game) was announced during a Nintendo Direct broadcast in September 2022. couldn’t wait any longer.
Indeed, the game was announced at E3 2019, an eternity ago! At the time it was untitled (only sequel to Breath of the Wild) and all we had was a cryptic video.
In 2021, it showed up in very early gameplay footage, proudly displaying the 2022 release date at the very end. This promise will ultimately not be kept.
Also note that Nintendo could also launch a special version of the Nintendo Switch in the colors of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Indeed, several images of this special OLED switch have leaked on the internet, with a design directly inspired by the cult saga, with the TriForce that will adorn the console dock and runic inscriptions on the Joy-Con.
💰 How much is Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?
If a mention of the US version of the game raised fears of a fixed price of around €80, that will ultimately not be the case. Despite everything, it will be necessary to deal with a higher price than usual for this new Zelda. And yes, it costs €69.99 for the simple edition, against the € 59.99 requested so far for the other Nintendo exclusives.
As for the collector’s edition, the price is displayed on €129.99. If you are tempted by this special version, be careful. Indeed, several players have noticed with dismay the outright removal of their pre-orders, especially on Amazon France. According to the e-commerce giant’s statements, delivery issues prevent these orders from being fulfilled.
🕹 What platform will Tears of the Kingdom be released on?
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom will be released on Switch, and only on Switch. A Switch Pro has been rumored for a while to accompany the title’s release, but ultimately Nintendo hasn’t announced anything.
As a reminder, Breath of the Wild was entitled to a simultaneous release on Switch and Wii U in 2017.
🎮 Gameplay and plot of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
As you can imagine, we still know very little about the history of this Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Nevertheless, Nintendo has confirmed that it will be a direct sequel to the events of the first episode. As suggested by the only three trailers available, Link will once again have to fight a terrible plague that threatens Hyrule.
However, and it’s probably about the big innovation of this opus, Link won’t just stay on the cows’ ground. Like a certain one The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Swordour brave warrior will have to explore the skies of Hyrule, and to do this, he will have access to various means of transport.
Of course, the hero will be able to take advantage of new equipment and powers. We were able to catch a glimpse of it on the available trailers. We notice that, for example Link can manipulate time using certain items. The power of Cinetis is also making a comeback, but in a revamped version, as it offers the ability to send a projectile or an enemy back to the near past. Otherwise, Link also has the ability to teleport through the ground to reach areas that are inaccessible at first glance.
As for the latest rumors, know that the Italian voice actor of a key character from the first game has committed some indiscretions. Indeed, the Italian voice of the hero Daruk has confirmed his return in this second installment. However, he returns to embody an ancestor of Daruk, suggesting that the scenario will take leaps in time.
Time travel could just be one of the engines of history. Certain passages show a Link dressed “à l’Antique” and the presence of islands in the sky, absent from the first episode, could mean that we go very far back in the past. We’re thinking, of course, of Skyward Sword, which told us Hyrule’s origins from the point of view of inhabitants who came from the clouds.
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