The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Has Been Delayed To Spring 2023

Nin­ten­do has announced that The Leg­end of Zel­da: Breath of the Wild 2 has been delayed from its intend­ed 2022 release win­dow. Instead, the game has been giv­en a Spring 2023 time­frame for release, series pro­duc­er Eiji Aon­u­ma announced in a video update today.

For those of you who have been look­ing for­ward to a release this year, we apol­o­gize,” Aon­u­ma said. “The adven­ture in the sequel will take place not just on the ground as in the pre­vi­ous game but also in the skies above. How­ev­er, the expand­ed world goes beyond that, and there will be an even wider vari­ety of fea­tures you can enjoy, includ­ing new encoun­ters and new game­play elements.”

Aon­u­ma stat­ed the delay is nec­es­sary to make sure the game’s expe­ri­ence is “some­thing spe­cial” for the play­ers. “The entire devel­op­ment team is con­tin­u­ing to work dili­gent­ly on this game,” he said.

Nin­ten­do’s Bill Tri­nen has explained that Nin­ten­do is pur­pose­ful­ly hold­ing back on reveal­ing the name of the Zel­da sequel because “Zel­da names are kind of impor­tant.” Sounds like the title could include some kind of sto­ry element.

As for why we’re hold­ing back on the name, you’ll just have to stay tuned because, obvi­ous­ly, Zel­da names are kind of impor­tant,” Tri­nen said. “Those sub­ti­tles… they start to give lit­tle bits of hints about maybe what’s going to happen.”

He con­tin­ued: “[Breath of the Wild 2] is going to be short­hand and it’s nat­ur­al for peo­ple to want to find a short­hand way to frame it. We’re still call­ing it the sequel to Breath of the Wild.”

Back at E3 2021, Nin­ten­do showed a new trail­er for the game that showed what play­ers may come to expect from Breath of the Wild 2. 

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