Back at the beginning of the month, Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. It tells the story of the cataclysmic event that overtook Hyrule a century before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, plenty of new footage of the Dynasty Warriors-style spin-off from Koei Tecmo was unveiled — including a brand new trailer and the first look at its gameplay.
Even though the trailer is framed through the notion that Hyrule rests in your hands, we know from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that the heroes of this story failed to stop the calamity and save Hyrule from Ganon. Nonetheless, it’s a thrilling trailer that doesn’t waste time in showcasing the main cast that so many know and love. One of the trailer’s surprises is the appearance of a young Impa, whom you’ll be able to play as.
We know this because of the extensive look of gameplay we got of the game earlier today. In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, you’ll play as Link, Zelda, Impa, and more using their distinct individual abilities and combat styles to battle hundreds of enemies and (attempt to) save Hyrule from the impending Calamity. Today’s gameplay look shows off Link and Impa’s gameplay styles. You can watch the snippet of gameplay, which spans over approximately 14 minutes, below.
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Nintendo has also shared that, “If you have save data for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on your Nintendo Switch, you’ll receive the bonus Training Sword weapon for Link in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.” As shown in the trailer, if you pre-order the digital version of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, you’ll benefit from getting the (dubiously powerful) in-game item that is the Lucky Ladle. It’s noted that it may become paid DLC later on if you don’t get it through the digital pre-order.
The Hyrule Warriors series debuted in 2014 with the Wii U game, which was a massive crossover of characters from The Legend of Zelda. 2016 saw a 3DS port, while a definitive edition arrived on the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Unlike Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, this entry wasn’t majorly involved with a franchise entry’s storyline. Meanwhile, producer Yosuke Hayashi has said that, “Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was developed by working closely with the Zelda team in every step of the process, including gameplay direction, graphics, world, and all dialogue.”
Meet Impa, 100 years before the events of The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 26, 2020
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will be released on Nov. 20, 2020, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.