The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the official title of the sequel to Breath of the Wild. Nintendo revealed the name during a direct event on Tuesday, which hosted a series of game announcements. The studio took a fresh look at the gameplay, with Link taking to the skies on what appears to be a bird-shaped hoverboard. The game was originally slated for release in 2022, but suffered multiple delays as it was further refined. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12, 2023.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of Kingdoms trailer kicks off with some ancient and mysterious wall graffiti that may hold clues to the game’s story. It then cuts to the clip where Link opens the gate to the vast kingdom that lies in the sky above the vast lands of Hyrule. This time around, a big part of the adventure will be set in the clouds, as you glide with your stamina-powered hand glider and fire arrows while floating in mid-air. The 2017 prequel Breath of the Wild set the gold standard for open-world gaming, removing unnecessary markers from the map and letting players relax, free to approach the game in any way they wanted. Even FromSoftware has applied these philosophies to their latest Elden Ring, creating a rewarding exploration system.
In The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo plans to expand on this mechanic by creating an additional realm in the sky. Similar to the Eternal City of Nokstella in Elden Ring, it’s fully exploreable and has a unique set of enemies. As for gameplay, the BOTW sequel trailer touched on the power of the Sheikah Slate, which allows Link to reverse time. You can see him climb up something a little more daring and start falling upwards – think of it as a time reversal in Tenet. Players can also block incoming spiked balls halfway and send them back to damage enemies without having to dodge them all the time.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom trailer ends with a gravel bird that Link can perch on and sail through the skies. Despite the scant details, the skateboard doesn’t appear to drain stamina while gliding, which is a relief compared to the nervous hand-gliders of the first game.
The Legend of Zelda: Tear of Kingdoms will be released on May 12, 2023, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon US and Best Buy for $59.99 (roughly Rs. 4,765).