After a hype-building third trailer, Nintendo has revealed some new information about the upcoming Tears of the Kingdom, including where players will start their journey.

This article will cover where you’ll start to what you’ll be doing at the beginning of your TotK adventure. Spoilers ahead.

How Does Tears of the Kingdom Start?

Players will start Tears of the Kingdom on one of the many floating Sky Islands above Hyrule as Link.

Much like in Breath of the Wild, you will use the small island environment to learn new skills and get to grips with the game’s new mechanics. After that, you’ll head back down to Hyrule to fight the evil Ganondorf.

This is according to the official The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom website. It states the following:

“Link begins his journey on one of the many mysterious floating islands that have suddenly appeared in the skies high above Hyrule. It’s there our hero will have to gain new abilities before returning to the surface world to begin his epic adventure.”

Link running towards the edge of a Sky Island in Tears of the Kingdom

This introduction will likely teach players about the brand-new Fuse mechanic. It is set to radically reshape how players approach combat in a Zelda game.

Additionally, it could also allow those who missed out on BotW to be caught up on the events so far. That way, everyone can understand where TotK falls in the Zelda timeline.

Of course, by the time you get down to the surface, you’ll be able to utilize all of your new skills in a much larger playground.

Players should also expect to see drastic changes in Hyrule compared to BotW. According to the TotK website, Hyrule has changed significantly, with new towns, caves, and chasms appearing across the map.

The website states:

“The sky isn’t the only thing that’s changed in Hyrule. Familiar locations have been dramatically transformed, with new towns, dank caves, and mysterious gaping chasms springing up across the world—all waiting to be explored.”

Once you reach Hyrule, you’ll have to contend with Ganondorf, who is voiced by a veteran actor many will likely recognize.

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