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Nintendo has announced a delay to the eagerly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Series producer Eiji Aonuma announced the news in a short video statement to fans on the Nintendo YouTube channel. He said “We previously announced that we were aiming for a 2022 release for the game. However, we have decided to extend our development time a bit and change the release to Spring 2023. For those of you who have been looking forward to a release this year, we apologise.”
Aonuma didn’t give too much more detail on the reasons for the delay, but he did add the following. “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.”
The video did remind us of what’s been announced so far for the upcoming sequel. Specifically that Link will be taking to the clouds above for this next adventure, not unlike recent remaster The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. We last got a look at some gameplay from the title last summer, which showed off Link soaring around on his paraglider.
Notably, the announcement still doesn’t formally call the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. Nintendo are still insisting on the unwieldy “the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” for now. Maybe we’ll get to find out the new moniker at some point later this year, given we won’t get the game itself.
Whatever the name, don’t expect the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch before Spring 2023.