Get ready for an epic adventure in Hyrule with the upcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom! This exciting sequel to the beloved game Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is developed and published by Nintendo and will be available on the Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.
The development of Tears of the Kingdom started in 2017, right after the completion of Breath of the Wild. The game was first announced at E3 2019 and fans have awaited its release since then. Nintendo debuted a trailer in E3 2021, revealing exciting gameplay, story elements, and a release date of 2022. However, the release was later pushed to Q2 2023. In September 2022, Nintendo held a Direct presentation and finally revealed the title as Tears of the Kingdom, and the official release date as May 12, 2023.
The team behind this thrilling sequel is led by the Breath of the Wild director, Hidemaro Fujibayashi, and Zelda producer, Eiji Aonuma. The game was created after the team was unable to include all their ideas in the downloadable content of Breath of the Wild. With this new game, players can expect exciting new elements, such as floating islands above Hyrule, and the ability to soar between them, similar to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Fans of the previous game, Breath of the Wild, will remember the large open world and unique gameplay that made it so popular. With Tears of the Kingdom, players can expect more of what they loved about Breath of the Wild, with new and exciting elements added to the mix. Get ready to explore the kingdom of Hyrule and embark on a journey like no other!
Tears of the Kingdom: Open World or Classic Path?
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom faces immense pressure to succeed, as it follows one of the most successful games in the franchise, Breath of the Wild, that broke the established 3D Zelda formula. It must decide between continuing the path of the open-world game or returning to the classic Zelda formula. To appeal to both fan bases, Tears of the Kingdom can improve its major dungeons, add new items, and make the world more dense. Despite the challenges, Tears of the Kingdom is expected to be one of the best games of 2023, but its legacy will always be linked to the game it followed.
Most Modern Gamers Prefer the Large Open World
BoTW was a great game because players are able to travel the entire world at any point in the game. It’s an experience that many games after it has tried to emulate, even Elden Ring has been compared to Breath of the Wild!
So yeah, it makes sense that fans of the series will want to have that same open-world experience in Tears of the Kingdom – it’s actually the best and only right move for Nintendo right now. Zelda games have always been great, but BoTW was the most impressive release since Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask days.