The long-awaited sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been delayed; Nintendo apologizes for the change in date but shows a tiny bit of new footage of the upcoming game. Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is now expected to launch in spring 2023, allowing hardcore fans of the game to capture other “impossible” treasures in the original game from 2017. See the announcement below:
The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma announced and apologized for the delay in a video posted on the Nintendo of America Twitter account but hasn’t provided a specific reason as to why the release date has been postponed. According to him, the delay was necessary so that the development team had more time to make the Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 experience into something special. He also kindly asked the audience to wait a little longer.
The producer of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 shared very little about the sequel amid the announcement, apart from what we already knew about the upcoming game. The continuation of the greatest game ever made will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps by offering a massive open-world environment for gamers to explore. However, Nintendo decided to expand the adventure and take it to the skies of Hyrule kingdom, but also beyond that, granting a wider variety of features for gamers to enjoy, including new in-game mechanics and new gameplay elements.
Most of the footage following Aonuma’s announcement regarding Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’s delay was already seen by the fandom, but Nintendo added one extra bit of footage the fans haven’t seen. We’ve got a glimpse at Link, sporting a new tattoo that probably passes for tribal markings in the Kingdom of Hyrule and what seems to be a broken or quite possibly corrupted version of Master Sword. Seems that the durability function will be expanded upon in this new version.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which isn’t the game’s official title, was first announced in 2019 and was made because the development team for the original game had too many ideas for a single DLC. The game was originally announced for a 2022 release window last year, along with the first gameplay footage featuring new gameplay mechanics. Now, the sequel to one of the best gaming hits has been delayed for a Spring 2023 release window, which is definitely a blow to the fandom.
It’s also worth pointing out that the original game was delayed, too, up to the point where the fans became rightly skeptical about its release. However, the delay of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 seems entirely reasonable — Nintendo is making a sequel to one of the best games ever made, according to fandom. Withholding the title from release and spending a few extra hours on its development doesn’t sound like a bad move.
Considering just how many poorly optimized titles have hit the market in the last couple of years and the number of developers apologizing for their shoddy work, it’s hard to imagine finally getting a video game that has been adequately optimized. Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 might be the first. The first entry in the series was certainly that.