Breath of the Wild 2 Release Date | Latest News & Leaks | Everything You Need to Know

There isn't another franchise more influential throughout gaming history than The Legend of Zelda, and Nintendo is preparing for the 28th entry into the franchise with Breath of the Wild 2. But what does this game include? Let's find out.
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Return to Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 | © The Nintendo Company

Remember how amazing it was to experience Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch? Well, get ready because Nintendo is developing a sequel for Breath of the Wild. However, very little information is known about this upcoming entry in the Zelda franchise. But don’t worry, EarlyGame has located some details that will illuminate the gameplay and storyline for Breath of the Wild 2.

Are you getting excited? We’re about to explain everything you’ll need to know about Breath of the Wild 2. From all accounts, this upcoming entry appears to have improved on every gameplay detail from the original BOTW. Everyone at EarlyGame is expecting Nintendo to strike gold with Breath of the Wild 2. However, we won’t know until the game is released for the Switch Lite and Switch OLED.

Is Breath of the Wild 2 Coming Out In 2022?

Unfortunately, Nintendo’s release date for Breath of the Wild 2 has changed. It was previously reported that BOTW2 would launch within the second half of 2022. However, that changed with an unexpected announcement on Twitter. Nintendo revealed that they had to alter their development schedule for extension purposes, which prompted an updated release date for Spring 2023.

Nintendo having the additional timespan needed to develop Breath of the Wild 2 isn’t for refining purposes. Instead, rumors suggest that the Nintendo Switch Lite and OLED cannot support BOTW2. That would mean the Nintendo Switch Pro rumors are true. But that would be disappointing for anyone needing to upgrade their Switch, Switch Lite, or Switch OLED.

EarlyGame is confident that Nintendo is designing two different versions of this game. You’ll find that the BOTW2 on the Nintendo Switch Pro has superior graphics with an improved frame rate. However, Breath of the Wild 2 will perform at lower standards on the older versions of this console. But remember that everything being said here is purely speculation, as Nintendo hasn’t made any announcements regarding the Switch Pro.

Game Setting & Story | All The Leaks & Rumors

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Hyrule will change into a dark and formidable land in Breath of the Wild 2 | © The Nintendo Company

Finding information on Breath of the Wild 2’s storyline is almost impossible. Despite that, dedicated fans have pieced some details together and created a convincing theory. It’s believed that Ganondorf will return for another entry into the Legend of Zelda. But things are different this time around. Instead of fighting against Ganondorf, we’ll learn about the man before he became a monster. It’s rumored that Link will have the capabilities to stop the evil that controls him by understanding what happened to Ganondorf.

Link defeating the demonic forces that control Ganondorf would play an influential role in The Legend of Zelda. It would cause an unexpected fallout across Hyrule, as Ganondorf has been this franchise’s main villain since 1986. We’ve seen this destructive monster for nearly four decades, and changing the dynamic of this franchise would only benefit Nintendo. It would also be fitting to have Ganondorf defeated in Breath of the Wild 2, as this would cement the next generation of Nintendo, just like the Switch Pro.

Unfortunately, theories regarding the destruction of Ganondorf are purely speculation. But inside sources have suggested BOTW2 will be named Demise of the Wild, which nearly confirms this theory. Why, might you ask? Demise was one of Link’s main antagonists in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It’s also been confirmed that Game Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi wants to connect his three primary entries in this franchise, and Skyward Sword is one of them. It’d make complete sense that he’d have Demise and Ganondorf working with each other again. As such, there’s been a significant backing behind this theory. Even we’re confident that it holds weight.

Is Breath of the Wild 2 Getting Released Onto The Nintendo Store?

You’ll be capable of purchasing Breath of the Wild 2 through Nintendo’s Online Store. However, rumors suggesting that the download size for this game will be too extreme makes us wonder if gamers should avoid the online version of BOTW2. There’s a possibility that SD Cards won’t support the space required for this upcoming sequel. As such, it would be advantageous for everyone to purchase the disc-version of BOTW2.

This would mean that a percentage of the memory required for this game would be built directly into the disc. Regardless, anyone favoring direct downloads will have the option through Nintendo’s Online Store.

Is The Nintendo Switch Pro Being Released With BOTW2?

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You will be thrown into a new version of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 | © The Nintendo Company

Inside sources have suggested that the Nintendo Switch Pro is coming and that it’ll be meant to compete with the PlayStation5 and Xbox Series X/S. But there haven’t been any announcements made by the Nintendo Company, which indicates that this information is purely speculative.

We’d argue that gamers can expect the Nintendo Switch Pro for Q4 2023, as numerous inside sources suggest that this console is coming within the next year. That would place the Switch Pro with Breath of the Wild 2’s updated release date and fall in line with the recent rumors. Unfortunately, Nintendo isn’t expected to announce its upcoming game until June 2022. We’ll have to wait a little longer before anyone knows if the Switch Pro is coming. If it is, Breath of the Wild 2 will be a launch title for this upcoming console. Can you imagine the sales that Nintendo would get? My god.

Game Trailer

Few announcement trailers have thrilled & excited us like Breath of the Wild 2. It starts with an ominous force enveloping the screen, and then we see Zelda falling to her depths. Afterwards, Link is thrown into an updated version of Hyrule that seems peaceful at first. Then the ominous force comes into play, and everything about this world changes as darkness looms over the land.

If you’re noticing similarities between BOTW2 and Majora’s Mask, that’s because this upcoming sequel is meant to honor the N64 game. We can expect Nintendo to make some references to Majora’s Mask, which is more than twenty years old now.