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The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Sequel Delayed Until Spring 2023

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fans need to wait a bit longer for the game sequel that was originally slated for release this year. This is sad news for BOTW fans, but the transparent communication is indeed welcome. 


The Game Is Delayed Until 2023

According to a video statement from The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, Spring of 2023 is a much more likely launch window as the team has decided to extend development time a bit more.

But, according to the video, the game might be worth the wait.

“The adventure in this sequel will take place not just on the ground as in the previous game, but also in the skies above,” Eiji Aonuma states in the video.

This is not new information as we’ve heard these details as far back as E3 2019, but it’s nice to see that they’re still on track.

“However, the expanded world goes beyond that, and there will be an even wider variety of features you can enjoy,” the producer continues, “including new encounters and new gameplay elements.”


Interestingly enough, this sequel still has no official name as it’s only been known thus far as “the sequel to Breath of the Wild.”

I think I speak for many gamers when I say that I appreciate the open communication and even the straight up apology from the developers. There’s nothing more frustrating than silence from a developer as a projected launch day comes and goes.

The original Breath of the Wild game launched on March 3, 2017 for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch. The post-apocalyptic setting takes place 100 years after the Calamity Ganon destroyed the kingdom of Hyrule and its people. The sequel looks to be set around that same time, but with the addition of sky travel and battles. In the E3 2021 trailer, we also saw new abilities that seem to come from Link’s altered right arm.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel will arrive on the Nintendo Switch in the Spring of 2023.

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Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at Joystiq's Massively.com, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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