Zelda Breath of The Wild 2 (BOTW 2) is coming to Nintendo Switch. The question is when? Here’s everything we know about the highly anticipated sequel.
Breath of The Wild, on Nintendo Switch or Wii U, is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. The game provided one final ‘breath’ into the flagging Wii U and contributed greatly to the success of the Switch.
The title proved why first-party Nintendo titles like The Legend of Zelda series are so valuable. It also re-defined how open-world sandbox games should work. A sequel was inevitable.
Let’s piece everything together from what Nintendo has revealed about BOTW 2 – as well as what else we know/think.
BOTW 2 Story
BOTW 2 will be a direct sequel to BOTW 1. This is the same Link and Princess Zelda that we got to know during the first game. It’s not the next iteration of those characters in another era of Hyrule.
For those unfamiliar with the Zelda mythos, Link and Zelda are perpetually reincarnated over the centuries. This is part of a curse/spell allowing them both to serve as a check on their enemy Ganon, who is also reincarnated over and over again.
Essentially, every time the evil spirit of Ganon takes a physical form, that age’s Princess Zelda must find her era’s hero; Link, to do battle with Ganon.
We’ve seen this endless war play out in the series since its inception. And we learn a little more about why it’s happening with each game.
BOTW 2 will mark this iteration of our hero’s third battle with Ganon, after having defeated him in BOTW 1. And one hundred years earlier during the events of Hyrule Warriors 2: Age of Calamity.
If you’ve played BOTW 1 but are looking for some more background regarding the lore ready for BOTW 2, then we’d recommend playing through Hyrule Warriors 2’s campaign. We have a feeling it’s going to be important in BOTW 2.
What Did the First BOTW 2 Trailer Reveal?
Not much in terms of gameplay, but it did show us what appeared to be the mummified corpse of Ganondorf (The human/Gerudo form of Ganon) reanimating in his tomb. With our heroes looking on in horror.
We only saw Ganon as a malevolent disembodied spirit, or in the form of giant demon boar in BOTW 1. So, giving the character a more humanized form in BOTW 2 makes sense.
It’s also potentially much more frightening. After all, it’s other people who make the scariest and most grounded villains.
The art style seems the same as BOTW 1, which is to be expected.
BOTW 2 Gameplay
The BOTW gameplay isn’t broken, so it doesn’t need fixing. We expect it will play similarly to the original game.
Although we'll need to visit new regions of Hyrule and enjoy some new features if the game is to stand on its own merit. It will be cool to see if the game explores elements from earlier entires in the series, such as ocean exploration or turning into a wolf.
All we know so far is that the creative team will be taking inspiration from games like Red Dead Redemption 2, among others. We have no idea what this means, but we find it tantalizing, nonetheless.
Gunslinger Link anyone?
As we suspect the next Nintendo console will be a hardware refresh of the Nintendo Switch. We know that 4K OLED screens will likely be part of the Switch Pro, as well as 4K TV connectivity.
Various analysts and experts also expect this to be the case, and that the Switch Pro will release at some point in 2021. Could it have BOTW 2 in tow?
When Will BOTW 2 Come Out?
Nintendo has stayed tight-lipped about BOTW 2’s release date so far. Although we suspect it may be late 2021. If the Switch Pro also comes out around this time, then that strengthens the likelihood of this being the case.
It also gives enough time for the new console shine to wear off the PS5 and Xbox Series X, allowing Nintendo to horde all the hype for Holiday 2021 to themselves.
Zelda’s 35th Anniversary Is In 2021
Nintendo, Zelda, Mario, and Pokémon all have important anniversaries coming up in 2021. For Zelda, it’s the franchise's 35th anniversary. We fully expect Nintendo to capitalize on this in some way – and what better way than to reveal the sequel to one of the series’ greatest entries?
The very first Legend of Zelda game launched on Famicom on the 21st February 1986. While BOTW 2 will probably not release on this date, we may find out when it will release.
Our money is on Nintendo revealing Breath of the Wild 2 in all its glory next month, followed by the announcement of its release date. Which we expect will be Holiday 2021, alongside the Nintendo Switch Pro.
We could be wrong of course, but this is what the evidence is pointing towards. Fingers and pointy ears crossed!