Breath of the Wild sequel launches in 2022, explores the skies of Hyrule

In-game screenshot of Breath of the Wild sequel

The highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was announced by Nintendo in 2019, and today during its Direct presentation, the company finally ended its two-year information drought with new gameplay footage and a release window. The company is planning to launch the entry sometime in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch.

While the launch window is broad, fans got to see a good chunk of gameplay today to make the wait a little bit easier, see the trailer below.

Hyrule returns in the sequel, but instead of just roaming its lands, Link will be now taking to the skies as well for expanded vertical gameplay. We get to see a vast number of floating islands with vegetation and some sort of structures on them.

A couple of brand-new enemies and upgraded variants of classics can also be seen, and to compensate, Link is also getting some upgrades to his arsenal. The trailer shows off what looks to be a new arm for our protagonist made of Sheikah technology, a time-reversing power, and a flame thrower shield. Plus, his hair is down this time. There is also a shot of Link melting through a solid floor, but this may be an environmental mechanic instead of a built-in power.

The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma appeared on the show to talk about the highly anticipated game, which still doesn't have an official name yet, saying development has been steadily progressing in the two years since the game's announcement, and that the launch is currently planned for next year.

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