A few days ago, a new Nintendo Direct was posted online. In this Direct, Nintendo revealed things such as Pikmin 4, a remake of Kirby Return to Dream Land, and various other new titles coming to the Switch in the next year or so.
Most importantly for us however, they also revealed the new name and release date for Breath of the Wild 2! The final branding for the game we’ve been anticipating for the last six years.
That being, Tears of the Kingdom! Yep, as the trailer below shows, the new game will be titled The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, and will be released on May 12th next year:
It’s pretty exciting news for Zelda fans, and makes us curious to see how much the game will differ from its predecessor.
But admit it, you know this. You’ve seen the Direct, and you likely applauded the annnouncement right at the end. If we leave the news post here, we’re just gonna reiterate what every other media outlet has said about the news.
So instead, we’re gonna look into the video a bit more deeply, and analyse some of the interesting theories we’ve created along the way.
Starting with the figure here. Yeah, we’ve seen the theories about them. Maybe they’re Hylia. Maybe they’re a Zonai deity. Or hell, maybe they’re someone else.
The possibilities are endless, and we could debate this all day. So instead, we’re gonna look at the icons around the figure.
Which we’re going to guess are the ‘tears’ the title refers to, and a major component of the game in general. We know that because Nintendo themselves said it was ‘tears’ as in crying (rather than things being torn out of the ground), and because every Zelda game under the sun has you collect various items to solve the plot.
The most interesting scene however isn’t there. No, it’s the one where Link rises to the sky on a floating piece of land. Why? Well, there are actually quite a few intriguing secrets you may not have noticed here.
Like the cave entrance here. It’s not present in the original game at all, and implies that entrances to the ‘underworld’ will exist in Hyrule this time around. Perhaps the islands rising from the ground caused them to open up? Or the malice had an effect here?
Regardless, it looks exciting to say the least, and makes us wonder what other subterranean areas we’ll be seeing in the world of Hyrule.
And the same goes for new enemies too, since the trailer also shows one of those in this area as well. Yep, if you look here, you see what appears to be a dragon like monster flying around as Link soars upwards. Perhaps it’s a Kargarok in the Twilight Princess style?
Or perhaps it’s something else entirely. Regardless, it’s not in the original BoTW, and (along with those new creatures seen in other trailers) offers hope that we’ll have more than the usual Bokoblins, Moblins and Lizalfos this time around.
And there seem to be a few other neat changes to Hyrule shown later in the video too. For instance, there’s a strange cloud above Hebra in this picture:
Plus what looks like a giant gaping hole in the ground where an island seemingly rose up. So is that what’s going on with the islands? Were some of them pieces of the original world, in the same vein as Hyrule Castle being sent skyward by Ganon?
There are also a few intriguing Zonai related landmarks too. For instance, there’s a strange tower like structure on the mountain to the left here:
Plus a huge icon on the mountain to the right here. Presumably, these are related to the game’s story, and work sorta like the shrines and towers did in the original title.
So there’s certainly some neat stuff here, and we’re excited to see how it all factors in the finished game when Tears of the Kingdom is released next May.
Still, what do you think? Does the new trailer (and details) make you more excited for Tears of the Kingdom? What are your thoughts on the game’s new title in general?
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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Coming May 12th, 2023 – Nintendo Switch
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