Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Shows Life Before Breath of the Wild

The Dynasty Warriors-style prequel will launch in November.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes places a century after a cataclysmic event took Hyrule. In that game, this story was mostly told through flashbacks, but Nintendo has announced it will be telling this story as it happened through a new game, and it will be another Dynasty Warriors-style spin-off from Koei Tecmo called Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

The prequel will feature a full campaign starring Breath of the Wild favorites, including its incarnation of protagonists Link and Zelda, along with characters like the Champions Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbosa. Each of these will be playable and with their own playstyle and abilities, as per Dynasty Warriors tradition. Ultimately. Breath of the Wild is becoming a sort of trilogy now, as Age of Calamity will add a third game in the continuity alongside the original and the sequel Nintendo announced and promptly hid away last year.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will launch on Switch on November 20. Check out the full trailer and presentation Nintendo released this morning below:

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The Hyrule Warriors name debuted in 2014 with the Wii U game, which was a massive crossover of Legend of Zelda characters that didn’t really have any bearing on the series’ story at large. It was subsequently ported to the 3DS in 2016, with a definitive edition coming to Switch in 2018. It featured characters primarily from the 3D games in the series, including Ocarina of TimeMajora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword. As Breath of the Wild was in development at the time, it wasn’t featured in any of the above until the Switch port, which gave Link and Zelda costumes based on their appearances in those games.

Beyond this, the Legend of Zelda series has been a little quiet as of late. Though there are reports that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a divisive Wii exclusive, will be making its way to Switch soon. The game was a point of contention for fans primarily due to its motion controls, but given how intrinsically tied they were to its design, I would be surprised if they were removed for any Switch port. Especially given that Joy-con controllers still have that functionality built in.

Beyond Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Koei Tecmo recently made a Dynasty Warriors-style game for the Persona series with Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. That game launched in Japan back in February, but still hasn’t had an official unveiling for the west yet. The company did announce that it would be coming west in a financial report, but that didn’t include a release window or really any indication about what the situation is beyond it being planned to come over here at some point. But I’m trying not to be bitter that a Zelda game got announced with a release date in the same day. Not bitter at all.