‘You’ll have to wait a bit longer’
There was some high-profile The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildnews today. It didn’t have anything to do with the sequel, though; it had to do with an unexpected prequel.
Out of nowhere, Nintendo announcedAge of Calamitywhich serves both as a Hyrule Warriorsspinoff and a Breath of the Wild prequel. However, this attention paid to Zeldadoesn’t mean anyone should expect to hear anything about Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2anytime soon.
Series producer Eiji Aonuma nipped that in the bud right away. In a detailed Age of Calamitytrailer breakdown, Aonuma says “We mentioned in the June 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation that we had started development on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many people around the world are still playing Breath of the Wild, so I’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Everyone, thank you so much. Regarding the sequel, in order to make the vast world you’ve enjoyed exploring in the original game even more impressive, the team is working hard on its development. So, you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can provide more updates.”
The Breath of the Wildsequel is in “It’s ready when it’s ready” territory. Nintendo, like every company, has had its share of production struggles because of COVID-19. Given how the original turned out to be a masterpiece, Nintendo clearly isn’t going to rush the sequel out the door. We’ll just have to wait to hear more. In the meantime, Age of Calamityis here in November. Get your Zelda fix that way.