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A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is on its way

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Nintendo provided a first look at the sequel at the end of today's E3 Direct presentation

Fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received some terrific news today when Nintendo wound down a packed Direct presentation by revealing that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently in development for eventual release on Nintendo Switch.

The announcement trailer, which you can find embedded below, was light on details and didn't include a release window or an explanation of plot. Following the presentation, Nintendo's Doug Bowser and Bill Trinen expressed pleasure at the fact that this game is an actual sequel, rather than just an expansion pack.

In the trailer, Link and Zelda are seen exploring what look to be proper underground ruins (possibly catacombs beneath a restored Hyrule Castle) when they encounter mysterious magic. There also is a glimpse of the familiar overworld environment fans should remember.

Though the sequel has been rumored to be in development for quite some time, nothing that was shown suggests it is nearing completion. There was no footage of actual gameplay, in dungeons or otherwise, which means the most we know about the game is that--at least for now--it will employ the same popular art style as its predecessor and appears (at least from the wording Nintendo has used) to tie in directly to the story told in the previous game.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is my favorite game from the last two decades or so, and I am happy that much more of it is on the way. It will be interesting to see what changes Nintendo makes to its formula. Perhaps the breakable weapons will removed, and dungeons expanded. Perhaps Zelda will be playable. Maybe we won't be called upon to cook quite so much. Very possibly, a lot of those points haven't yet been finalized. I'll be quite surprised if the game makes it to stores before 2021, honestly. What do you think?

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Staff article by Jason Venter (June 11, 2019)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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hastypixels posted June 11, 2019:

Makes one wonder if Zelda is going to be playable... or will the environment be the same or changed? What dynamic will they introduce? It will be interesting to see...

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