Tears of the Kingdom is a highly anticipated action-adventure game developed by Nintendo EPD and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. Set for release on May 12, 2023, this game serves as the sequel to the 2017 hit title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game features the beloved protagonist, Link, and Princess Zelda, as they work together to save Hyrule from a malevolent force threatening its destruction.
Development and Release Date:
Development of the game started immediately after the completion of Breath of the Wild in 2017.
During the E3 2019 event, Nintendo announced the game as a sequel to Breath of the Wild. During E3 2021, a full reveal was aired, which included gameplay footage, story elements, and a 2022 release date. However, during the September 2022 Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo confirmed that they had changed the release date to Q2 2023.
Gameplay and Story:
Tears of the Kingdom retains many of the features of its predecessor, including the open-world environment of Hyrule. However, the game also includes new elements, such as floating islands above Hyrule, which players can explore and soar between in a similar style to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The game’s storyline features a malevolent force that seeks the destruction of Hyrule, and Link and Zelda must unite to stop this evil from achieving its goal.
Development Team and Inspirations:
Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma are returning to reprise their roles in Tears of the Kingdom. In addition, in an interview with IGN, Aonuma revealed that the open-world games Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim inspired some members of the development team.
New Gameplay Elements:
During a recent announcement by Eiji Aonuma, the developers revealed that they had completed the development of the game. The announcement included a demonstration of new gameplay elements. These elements include the Fuse ability, which allows players to combine materials to form new weapons. The Ascend ability allows players to travel through ceilings, the Ultrahand ability sticks objects together, and the Recall ability reverses time for an object.
In conclusion, Tears of the Kingdom promises to be an exciting addition to the Zelda series, with a combination of old and new elements that will keep fans engaged. With the release date just around the corner, fans are eagerly anticipating the game’s arrival and can’t wait to explore the vast world of Hyrule once again.