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Breath Of The Wild 2 Delayed Into Spring 2023

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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild became an instant smash when it launched with the Switch five years ago this month. Not only did it become one of the most popular entries in the series, but it influenced the development of other games and changed the flow of the gaming industry toward open-world experiences. But as for the sequel, you weren’t REALLY expecting it this year, were you?

Today, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma appeared in a new video (posted below) and said, “We previously announced that we were aiming for a 2022 release for this game. However, we have decided to extend our development time a bit and change the release to Spring 2023. For those of you who have been looking forward to release this year, we apologize.”

 

The news does NOT come as a shock to the Nintendo faithful, who have seen this pattern plenty of times before. Very rarely does a mainline Zelda game meet the original release date it was promised under. And the fact that we’re approaching April without any new images from something that’s allegedly coming out in November (or thereof) was a bad sign for this one.

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To sate the appetites of hungry Zelda-ites, Aonuma DID reveal one previously unreleased image, that of Link staring down at a weird, distorted Master Sword. What happened to it? Is the game one long quest to restore the blade, or is it supposed to look like this in order to fight a specific threat? We’ll have to wait over a year to know.

It should remain a packed 2022 for Switch owners anyway, with no indication that Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Splatoon 3 or Bayonetta 3 have been delayed, and the arrival of the next Pokemon generation in Scarlet and Violet (these games NEVER get delayed, but Game Freak spends about a week and a half on the art anyway). And if you own another system, it’s my understanding that newfangled “Elden Ring” thing offers a BOTW-like experience, if you don’t mind a massive spike in difficulty.

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, or whatever its final title is, should arrive on the Switch sometime in 2023.