It’s been three years since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the lead director, Hidemaro Fujibayashi, pulled the trigger on a sequel. Originally, Breath of The Wild 2 was supposed to be a DLC for the first game, but there was so much the development team wanted to do that it only made sense to create an entirely new game. The announcement for the sequel was in 2019, but development has gone relatively quiet since then. There’s not even a timeframe for release, which is odd, but gamers are hoping for a 2021 release alongside Nintendo’s upgraded Switch system. Unfortunately, right now, all we have to work with is the teaser trailer from E3 2019. Of course, being the gamers that we are, we wildly speculate what we know based on clues from the video and information from leakers.
There’s no dialogue in the trailer, but we see Link and Princess Zelda down in a dark cavern with some nifty capes and hairdos. The two end up splitting up after awakening a creature who many believe is Gannondorf. With Link apparently in a castle that flies off, some speculate that we’ll finally be in the shoes of Princess Zelda herself. The speculation only comes from the fact that her hair is cut in the trailer, which means it’s easier for developers to keep hair from clipping through armor and weapons. All we have confirmed so far is Breath of The Wild 2 will be a darker sequel similar to what Majora’s Mask was to Ocarina of Time. Another, more obvious, confirmation is the fact that it will continue where the first Breath of The Wild left off.
One interesting point brought up was many of the younger developers were made to play Red Dead Redemption 2, and open-world action-adventure game that is similar to the Zelda series in that trait alone. Many are speculating from the trailer that there might be online or couch co-op where one player could take the controls of Link while the other takes Princess Zelda. It’s an exciting idea, but with Link getting blasted off in the trailer, it’s more likey we’ll play the Princess herself.
For now, we can only speculate based on what we’ve seen. We’ll have to wait for a, hopefully, 2021 release.