The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is coming in 2023 and it’s hands down our most anticipated next Switch game. This is Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 in all but name, the sequel to what remains one of the best Switch games five years after its release. Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was first revealed in 2019, but it took the September 2022 Nintendo Direct for us to get a more direct look at the game in action, a release date, and confirmation of an official name.
If you haven’t kept up with the slow release of news in recent years, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will see Link return to the vast lands of Hyrule, greatly expanded as he can now explore islands in the sky. With new weapons, new dungeons, and a set of mysterious new powers to use, this looks like a worthy successor to BotW 2. So read on to find out everything we know about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom so far.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom release date
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom release date is May 12, 2023. The news was confirmed on September 12.as part of the September 2022 Nintendo Direct showcase. Nintendo has set this new date in stone after leaving us speculating for months after a Breath of the Wild 2 delayed in March – which left the new Zelda game with a vague ‘Spring 2023’ release window. Fortunately, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is on its way and ready to kick off on May 12.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom platform
Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is exclusive to Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was originally released as a cross-gen game and arrived as a day one launch game for Nintendo Switch and Wii U in March 2017.
Trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has received three trailers. The first was shown in 2019, setting the tone for this Breath of the Wild sequel as we see Link and Zelda exploring some creepy-looking ruins, before the Hero of Time finds himself fighting with a glowing magical arm. You can check out the Breath of the Wild Sequel reveal trailer above.
The second trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was shown at E3 2021, and this one shows off gameplay for the first time. It was through this trailer that we learned that Link will gain a set of new powers thanks to his new magical arm, and that the playable space was expanding into the sky.
The new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was shown during the September 2022 Nintendo Direct showcase. It teased new story details, showed off some of the stunning views of the sky that we’ll be able to explore, and confirmed that the sequel to Breath of the Wild will be officially called “Tears of the Kingdom” when it releases on May 5, 2023.
Gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is set to build extensively on the more open combat and traversal systems that helped define the original Breath of the Wild. For starters, the world has been stretched to the skies, with Link leaping from dungeons suspended above the clouds and using all-new abilities (now powered by the glowing sword arm, rather than the Sheikah slate) to quickly ascend. from the ground. in the air. Also, it looks like the sheer number of available weapons (and demotion) will likely return, with Link equipped with a wooden axe, various swords, different shields, bow and arrows, and more in all three trailers. Between Sheikah’s new and returning abilities and the addition of more open-ended exploration, it sounds like Tears of the Kingdom is ready to smartly build on what came before.
History of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Nintendo resisted revealing the name of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for fear that the subtitle would spoil the story too much. Naturally, this has set the gears in our brain into gear. From everything we’ve seen of this Breath of the Wild sequel so far, it looks like Ganon’s desiccated corpse has emerged from under Hyrule Castle, and tendrils of Malice are beginning to spread once more. Naturally, the new trailer opened with Hylian’s mysterious writing and drawing, for which it has put the internet in detective mode, while the prominence of “tears” in the subtitle makes us wonder if echoes of Zelda: Twilight Princess will play out. a role here, given ‘Tears’ prominence throughout the GameCube game’s adventure.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom setting
The setting for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is based on the world we first explored in Breath of the Wild. We’ll once again be able to venture through the vast lands of Hyrule, though now you’ll have a more vertical play space to contend with. The skies have opened, with Link able to move between floating islands and dungeons. If you haven’t played The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, now may be the time, as there’s clearly some synergy here. Interestingly, Nintendo says that Tears of the Kingdom will “take you to the skies and to an expanded world beyond that”, so who knows where else the game will take us.