Zelda Tears of the Kingdom release date – when can you play the next Legend of Zelda?

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Excitement is at a peak among The Legend of Zelda fans as the next game in the venerable series arrives on Nintendo Switch in just a few weeks.

Entitled ‘Tears of the Kingdom’ – the game will be the follow up to 2017’s Breath of the Wild – and as the launch nears, we’re starting to see more about the game.

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Here’s what we know about the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom release date.

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom release date

As announced last September, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (to give the game its full name) will release on the Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.

The date came after a good couple of years of teasing the title from Nintendo, who held off on revealing the game’s name until the release date reveal.

Up until then it was known only as ‘The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ officially, and by fans as TLoZ: Breath of the Wild 2.

We’ve now seen a couple of glimpses of gameplay since 2023 rolled into view. The first of these was in February, as part of that month’s big Nintendo Direct broadcast.

We’d get more gameplay about a month later, which revealed some of Link’s exciting new abilities in the sequel – including the ability to stick things together in the world to make new weapons and even full blown constructions!

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It was first confirmed the sequel was in the works during the Nintendo Direct broadcast from E3 2019. It’d be three years later before we got that title and release date, so fans are understandably excited.

There’s not too much longer left to wait now, so hopefully Nintendo will be revealing more on the game very soon. For now, check out our answers to questions like if Tears of the Kingdom will be open world or if the new game will have multiplayer?

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom release date FAQ

What is the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom release date?

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is set to arrive on May 12, 2023.

Is Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom exclusive to the Nintendo Switch?

Yes, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.

Can you play as Zelda in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

So far there is nothing to suggest you will be able to play as the games namesake, however rumours are swirling you may be able to. It looks like we will have to wait until release for a definitive answer.

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

  • Release Date: May 12, 2023
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • Genre(s): Action, Action Adventure, Adventure
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