We know for quite some time that a sequel is underway for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We’ve been waiting anxiously for the game’s reveal. Nothing was known about it since the initial reveal trailer last year. Suddenly, Nintendo dropped a trailer featuring Eiji Aonuma revealed that the production is underway for the sequel but will need some time before we get another update. That is not where it ends, as they revealed a separate game that acts as a prequel to the original game titled Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
I don’t know what surprised me more. That we are getting a prequel in addition to a sequel, or that it’s an entry in the Hyrule Warriors franchise. This story will take place 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild. It will let you play as the guardians, whose ghosts guide you throughout your journey. As the teaser trailer for the sequel revealed a closer look at what happened to Ganon before he became the Calamity, there is a good chance this will lead to that storyline.
This is quite a surprise, to say the least. Breath of the Wild has a lot of untold stories that are perfect for expanding this era of Link’s adventures. In the original, the guardians were rather underused and we never got a feeling for what they were capable of. It was only hinted at what Calamity Ganon left in his wake, so being able to participate in that battle is a fantastic idea. Hyrule Warriors was also quite a fun third-party variation on the classic formula. So, it is great to see them experiment outside of the convention to still tell a cohesive storyline. This reveal opens up a lot of potential for how Nintendo might approach their franchises. Perhaps we will see fewer restrictions on what defines a Mario or Zelda game that tell one cohesive story.