The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was expected to launch at some point in the summer, months after the planned March release of Nintendo Switch. However, new information obtained by Eurogamer indicates the highly anticipated adventure game will in fact be a launch title – at least in the US and Japan.
Said to be content complete late last year, previous info indicated Nintendo had set aside four-to-six months for testing, however the situation has now changed.
Multiple sources said to be close to Nintendo have told Eurogamer that Nintendo Japan decided it needs Zelda to ensure Switch has the strongest launch line-up possible, with the same applying to Nintendo of America. Europe, with its multiple language releases is a trickier proposition.
Eurogamer believes the decision leaves Nintendo of Europe with three options:
- Put all resources into ensuring Zelda is ready to launch in all European territories at the launch of Nintendo Switch.
- Launch the game alongside Switch with limited language support, patching in additional languages as and when they are ready.
- Simply delay the game’s release until it is ready for all European territories.
It’s likely we’ll know Nintendo’s decision when the Switch’s launch plans are revealed on January 13.