Zelda Breath Of The Wild 2 Release Date, Preorder, and Gameplay

Zelda Breath Of The Wild 2 Release Date, Preorder, and Gameplay

Few games befit the term legendary, yet Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has achieved that honor in the way it's been executed. The game has been a hit since it was released, and Nintendo recently announced plans for a sequel. Although many believe that Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 is a placeholder title, fans are excited that there’s a sequel that takes off where Link and Zelda left off in the first game. In this post, we explore the details about Zelda Breath Of The Wild 2, including the release date, a sneak peek at gameplay and everything we know so far.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Release Date Window

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 was originally slated for a release window in 2022. But a brief development video on Nintendo’s YouTube channel has confirmed that the sequel is delayed until 2023.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 is now planned for release in Spring 2023. According to Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, the delay will allow the team to make the game experience something special.

Like most Nintendo franchises, the sequel is scheduled to launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Since it was announced in 2019, fans have been obsessed with what story will be in the sequel. But it seems fans will have to patiently wait for BOTW 2 to come out.

The delay might actually be a good thing since, from what we’ve seen, rushing a game is never a good idea – think Cyberpunk 2077 and Battlefield 2042. To enjoy a game without bugs and lackluster mechanics, we’d say it’s worth waiting a little while longer.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Pre-Orders

Just to show you how popular Breath Of The Wild 2 is, there are already pre-orders, yet it's not expected until late 2023. The game is available now to pre-order from Best Buy and Amazon, with both stores displaying placeholder art and release date.

Breath Of The Wild 2 pre-orders in the US:

  • Amazon US - $59.99

  • Best Buy - $59.99

Breath Of The Wild 2 pre-orders in the UK:

  • Amazon UK - £59.99

  • Game - £59.99

  • ShopTo - £59.99

Quick note: The placeholder release date is just that – placeholder. Nintendo has been fairly quiet with sharing the exact launch date.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Trailers

In case you haven’t seen the first trailer of Breath Of The Wild 2 that debuted at E3 2019, here it is:

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From the clip, we can see Link and Zelda exploring a creepy dungeon that’s potentially deep within Hyrule Castle. The region is home to a malevolent force and a red smoke (Malice) can be seen, which appears to bring a corpse that seemingly belongs to the franchise’s biggest villain, Ganondorf (Ganon) back to life.

We later see a flash of light showing the figure’s shadow alongside a mysterious hand reaching out, a shot of Link with green magic surrounding his hand, and a brief look at the temple outside. The corpse seemingly reanimates with glowing red eyes, and the location is finally revealed to be taking place underneath Hyrule Castle.

E3 2021 Teaser Trailer:

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During E3 2021, Nintendo released another teaser trailer, which included a glimpse of new gameplay and locations. Link can be seen soaring through the clouds and visiting islands of land floating in the sky, like what we saw in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

We can see Link using a shield with a dragon’s face attachment, which breaths fire onto new enemies roaming Hyrule. The teaser ends with a shot of Hyrule Castle floating above the ground, covered in the same malevolent energy that we saw in the first teaser trailer.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2’s Gameplay

For the most part, we can tell that Breath Of The Wild 2 seems to be largely built off the mechanics of the first game. But, as per the trailers, it seems we should expect some new powers.

Interestingly, Link phases through the floor of a floating road, driving a giant spiked ball up a mountain and through a pack of Bokoblins. This scene shows a relation to the first game. But the Statis is revamped and now can be used to reverse time.

Nintendo recently filed some patents, which seem to shed some light on new mechanics coming to the Breath Of The Wild 2. The ability to reverse time is one of them, with another seeming to show more action will be available while falling or diving. The patents also suggest new abilities will expand on the Sheikah Slate abilities.

In addition to the open landscapes, there will be some sporadic, sun-drenched land with islands floating above the clouds. 

What we know for sure is that this will be a direct sequel to the Breath Of The Wild, which is relatively rare for Zelda games. Link and Zelda will be investigating some kind of mysterious spirit energy that can apparently reanimate the dead, namely Ganon.

If you had any hopes to play as Zelda, you might want to reel in your expectations as the trailer shows her falling down a deep, dark hole and Link working alone. However, we don’t know what surprises await, seeing as Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how the story will move forward.