Nintendo reveals that the next The Legend of Zelda game will be called The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, releasing a gameplay trailer for the title.
Although gamers were long awaiting more information on the next The Legend of Zelda title at Nintendo’s E3 2016 Nintendo Treehouse, they may not have expected the company to unleash the game right off the bat. However, that’s exactly what the publisher did, with the first gameplay trailer for the game now known as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The trailer begins with the refrain of “open your eyes” from an as-yes-unseen female voice. It marks the first time that fans have heard the voice acting that was confirmed for the new game, which is was a surprising choice for a series that had previously conveyed most story and emotion through gesture and noises. Viewers of this The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer are then treated with lush, scene-setting shots of Hyrule, from healthy-looking fields through to forests, before settling at the heights of what is likely to be Hyrule Castle. After a ominous flash of a storm, finally Link is revealed, gliding down from a cliff to the ground below.
From then on out, the trailer showcases what appears to be a much more fluid and reactive version of Hyrule to what has been seen in previous games. Link is seen climbing up the side of rock faces, chopping down trees to form bridges across gorges, and even setting fires and cooking. Meanwhile, the hero also appears to be taming a wild horse, which may well make up a fun side-game in the final product. The full trailer can be seen below.
Interestingly enough, it looks as though The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to feature some gameplay that focuses on physics-based mechanics, as Link drops boulders and planks on enemies to try and complete the as-yet-unknown quest. Meanwhile, some tense combat sequences also play out, with The Legend of Zelda hero even causing a large explosion.
After the trailer was finished, Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime stepped in to give a brief description of the game, stating that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to feature a “seamless Hyrule.” Just how this is going to work in-game, with an open-world nature not quite what Zelda fans are used to, remains to be seen.
Those wanting to play the game soon may have to wait, as the title is currently set for a 2017 release for Wii U and Nintendo NX. That is, unless the gamer in question happens to be one of the 500 lucky fans who gets to play the game early. However, it’s unlikely to be long before more information on the title is revealed.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Wii U and Nintendo NX in 2017.