Nintendo, in partnership with Koei Tecmo, had a surprise announcement for fans of The Legend of Zelda today. The companies today announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a title in the vein of previous Warriors games, but set in the Zelda universe, specifically focusing on the events of Breath of the Wild.
This isn't the first time the two companies have worked together. Aside from Fire Emblem Warriors, a crossover between Nintendo's Fire Emblem franchise and Koei Tecmo's Warriors games, there's already been a Hyrule Warriors game in the past. However, with Age of Calamity, the two companies have worked together in every step of the process of making the game, and the title is set in the main The Legend of Zelda timeline.
In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the story often calls back to an event known as "the great calamity", which first took place 100 years prior to the events of that game. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity aims to explore the events of the great calamity that led to the story of Breath of the Wild. Naturally, the title uses the classic Warriors-style hack-and-slash gameplay, with players facing off against hordes of dozens and hundreds of enemies at once. Characters featured in Breath of the Wild, including Link, Mipha, Revali, and Daruk, are all playable, based on the footage shown off. It also features the same recognizable enemies, including Guardians and Lynels.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is set for release on November 20 of this year. If you've been waiting to hear about the sequel to Breath of the Wild, producer Eiji Aonuma said the team continues to work hard on that title, but it doesn't have news to share just yet.