Nintendo officially releases two new pieces of concept artwork for its forthcoming role-playing game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Switch and Wii U.
Without a doubt, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is considered by many to be one of the most anticipated games of 2017, so when Nintendo releases practically any bit of information regarding the title, fans’ ears tend to prick up in excitement. Just recently, Nintendo put out two brand new pieces of concept artwork for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with one image focusing on Link watching a gorgeous sunset in Hyrule, while the other showcases one of the game’s Guardian enemies.
As described by Nintendo on its Facebook page, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s Guardian baddies have a numerous range of different designs, as they come in a “variety of shapes and sizes.” In previous promotional stills and videos for the open world title, specific types of Guardians have been displayed as having the ability to shoot powerful colored beams at Link, but it remains to be seen what kind of abilities that the one in Nintendo’s latest crop of concept art can conjure.
As seen in the images below, a hand-drawn version of Link is depicted while crouched on the edge of a cliff while watching the sun set on the kingdom of Hyrule. The second still is concept work for Breath of the Wild‘s Guardian creature, which appears to be more in line with the actual video game’s designs.
At this point in time, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fans have been privy to lots of pieces of concept art from Nintendo, and these are surely just the latest of many more to come. In the past, Nintendo teased the title ahead of its official announcement with gameplay at E3 2016 by putting out some beautifully rendered landscapes and portraits of the title’s characters and environments. To be specific, developers have shown off promotional artwork including different looks at Link during the night as he rides what is presumably his signature horse Epona across grassy plains.
While the newest pieces of concept art for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are considerably well done, it can only do so much to invigorate eager fans awaiting the actual launch of the title. Thankfully, though, Nintendo has already put out loads of gameplay for the impending release such as The Game Awards 2016’s footage showing off an in-depth quest run, as well as teasing new characters, enemies, villages, and more.
Bearing all of this in mind, Nintendo surely has troves of data when it comes to Breath of the Wild concept art, but should the company wish to drum up additional interest in the title, it will need to release more assets related to in-game properties that have yet to be seen by the general public like with a reveal of how Zelda will look in the final product. Nintendo has said that Breath of the Wild needs to move more than 2 million units in sales in order to be successful, so fans should expect to encounter more never-before-seen promotional materials come out as marketing ramps up toward the game’s launch sometime later this year.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set to release in 2017 for Wii U and the Nintendo Switch.