During this week’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced the official title for the Breath of the Wild sequel, as well as its release date. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will release on May 12, 2023.

That barely makes the Spring 2023 window given earlier this year. No more having to call it Untitled Breath of the Wild Sequel, huzzah!

New poster art and a new trailer accompanied the announcement. The new trailer shows less than 30 seconds of gameplay, but it still looks incredible, including a new flying vehicle or platform that Link can use.

Not for the acrophobic, Tears of the Kingdom features extreme verticality thanks to its floating islands. Hopefully we’ll have a much more generous starting stamina bar in the sequel.

Breath of the Wild released back in 2017 on both the Wii U and Switch. The open-world Zelda adventure broke multiple sales records, and helped sell the fledgling Switch. It was a critical darling and a commercial juggernaut, as well as a source for inspiration in open-world game designer for a new generation of designers.

Any other publisher would have churned out a sequel as soon as possible. Of course Nintendo takes six years. We have a feeling it will be worth the wait.


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