Surprising No One at All, Nintendo Delays Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel to 2023

Womp womp.

In an announcement that isn’t all that surprising, considering the company’s barely spoken about it in the past year, Nintendo has pushed the untitled sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild into next year.

News came from a video update from Zelda series Producer Eiji Aonuma, who confirmed the Switch game is now slated to launch in spring of 2023. As for why, it’s likely for the same reason any game is ever delayed. Devs need more time? Game gets pushed. But Aonuma did point to the expanded scale of the game as a reason for the team’s need for more development time.

[Translation via Nintendo]

“For those of you who have been looking forward to a release this year, we apologize,” Aonuma says. “As previously announced, the adventure in this sequel will take place not just on the ground as in the previous game, but also in the skies above. However, the expanded world goes beyond that, and there will be an even wider variety of features you can enjoy, including new encounters and new gameplay elements. In order to make this game’s experience something special, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on this game, so please wait a while longer.”

Check out the announcement video below:

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Anyway, y’all got feelings on weapon durability in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and if its sequel should keep that going? I feel like this is an underexplored topic that no one ever seems to have any grand feelings about? Just seems like something everyone collectively vibes with and never has thoughts on. Seems weird, to me.