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Everything we know about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of the most celebrated games of 2017, so it’s not surprising that many Zelda fans were thrilled when a Breath of the wild sequel was announced for the Nintendo Switch at E3 in 2019. Two years, two spin-offs, and one remake later, Nintendo presented a second trailer for their Breath of the Wild 2 game at E3 2021

After our Breath of the Wild sequel gameplay breakdown, we got a lot more info on the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date, as well as some theories about its story and gameplay. Here’s everything we know about the Breath of the Wild sequel so far! 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2

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The biggest question, of course, is how long we need to wait until we can start our brand-new Hyrule adventure. There’s no specific The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date yet, but we do know that it’s planned for 2022. Keep in mind that this is a very broad estimate, and it could easily take more than a year before we see the Breath of the Wild sequel release. 

There are rumors going around that Breath of the Wild 2 will be released alongside an upcoming (also rumored) second-generation Nintendo Switch, but this is far from confirmed. 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 name and story

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2

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The Breath of the Wild sequel has a name; we just don’t know it yet. Nintendo Treehouse’s Bill Trinen explained in an interview with IGN that the second part of the upcoming Legend of Zelda title is kept secret because it contains clues about the story. Could it be ‘The Legend of Zelda: Messing With the Timeline Again’? We’ll just have to be patient and keep referring to ‘Breath of the Wild 2’ in the meantime.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 first trailer

Although the very first Breath of the Wild 2 trailer from 2019 is short, it provides us with plenty of small clues. We first notice some of Ganondorf’s dark-reddish goo called Malice, and then we see Link and Zelda approaching a dead body held down with a glowing arm. Ganondorf’s body, perhaps? 

In the few split-seconds after that, Link seems to attach the glowing magical arm to himself. As the ground starts shaking, it looks like the magical arm is grabbing Link’s arm, either saving or kidnapping him. It may be a sign that Zelda will become a playable character in BotW 2. This 2019 trailer also shows Zelda with short hair, which makes her look more like Link.  

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 second trailer

Based on the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer shown at E3 2021, it’s clear that BotW 2 will feature lots of new islands floating above the world of Hyrule as we know it from the first Breath of the Wild. Just like the first BotW 2 trailer, it looks like we’ll have to deal with a lot of Malice again.

It’s safe to assume that Link (and/or Zelda) will get some awesome new powers. In the trailer, we see him use his Stasis power with his right arm (no more Sheikah Slate?), attack with a flamethrower (left arm, looks like a weapon), and float upwards while passing through some stones. This teleport power has a green glow similar to that of the magical green arm, so it may be a result of the arm attaching itself to Link. 

But perhaps the most interesting thing about this BotW 2 trailer is something we don’t get to see: Link’s face. Yes, we get a glimpse of Link’s face while the Malice is grabbing him, but that’s the only time. As suggested before, it’s possible that we’re actually watching Zelda instead of Link.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 theories

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2

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Unsurprisingly, the internet is already swarming with fan theories based on the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 E3 trailers. We mentioned some of the possibilities already, but we’ll sum up the most popular ones:

  • Going back in time. The music at the start of the 2019 BotW 2 trailer sounds reversed, which led some to believe that this is a clue; perhaps the BotW 2 story starts by going back in time. 
  • The two Links. This theory is strengthened by the 2021 BotW 2 trailer, as we see Link in the ‘normal’ Hyrule wearing his traditional clothing and hairstyle, while Link in the floating island realm is wearing a new set of clothes and loose hair. Did he just change his look, or is floating island Link actually Link from the past?
  • Secret Zelda. Again, floating island Link could not be Link at all. The loose hair is not too long, and we already saw Zelda with shorter loose hair in the 2019 trailer. It’s not unlikely that BotW 2 will feature both Link and Zelda as playable characters.

Only time will tell how much of this is true. Let’s hope for more Breath of the Wild sequel updates soon!

Marloes Valentina Stella

I’m a freelance journalist who (surprise!) kind of has a thing for videogames. When I’m not working on guides for GamesRadar, you can probably find me somewhere in Teyvat, Novigrad, or Whiterun. Unless I’m feeling competitive, in which case you should try Erangel. You can also find my words on PCGamesN, Fanbyte, PCGamer, Polygon, Esports Insider, and Game Rant.