Today we have finally been treated to a small glance of gameplay in a brand-new trailer for the much-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. In this small snippet of the game, we have been showcased A LOT of little details, which I picked up on. So, let’s get into it and break down and talk about this trailer.
Within the first moments of the trailer, we get a quick glimpse of Link's arm being taken over by a red and black ooze. This ooze looks to be the exact ooze that Calamity Gannon was made of in the first entry. What interesting is later in the trailer we see link use this same arm to stop time, looking like it will be granting him the power to manipulate things in the world, much like he did in Breath of the Wild, except this time he does not need an item to do this for him. We also get a quick flash of the zombie looking character we saw in the first trailer. Could this be the dead body of Calamity Gannon, the one that we saw in the intro story to Breath of the Wild?
And finally, we see Zelda falling into a pit of darkness. Now she is donning the same outfit she wore in the first trailer, with her hair styled in the same way too. The surroundings look like the same place as this trailer too, meaning it’s likely that this cutscene forms the introduction to the game. Is ZELDA OKAY? Did she survive? Where is this pit, or better yet WHAT is this pit? Nintendo leaves us with so many questions in the first seconds of this title… no in fact ACROSS THIS WHOLE TRAILER.
Next, the music booms up, playing a remixed, faster version of the Breath of the Wild theme whilst a long-haired Link falls through the sky towards, what looks like floating mountains! The graphics look dialled right up and there is just soo much to see in the short clip with Link falling. Then next we see Link holding his glider as he floats towards some floating islands.
Now first off, let’s talk about Links equipment and look here. His glider looks different to how it was in the first game, with him donning a darker glider, with tails trailing out behind it. His shield has an eye on it, which looks very close to the ‘Eye of Truth’ which we saw in Ocarina of Time, and resembles a tribe or protective warriors known as the Sheikah. Link’s hair is long, and drapes behind him, looking less kept and more tribal than his look from the original Breath of the Wild, so maybe we will see a Link in this title, who is banding up with joining the ancient tribe of Sheikah.
The floating Islands in this title marry up to the floating Islands we saw in Skyward Sword. Now it is important to point out that both Link to the Past and Skyward Sword explains that the ancient lands of Hyrule were lifted into the clouds, where they resided for 100’s of years. In Skyward Sword, we see how these Islands were lowered to the ground to reunite the people of ‘Skyloft’ (now Hyrule) with the rest of the world. So, it’s strange that we see these lands lifted back up into the sky. Is this an alternative/real version of Gannon, doing this to once again split the people of Hyrule to the rest of the world? I mean, to be honest; I don’t have a clue. All I know is that with Nintendo playing with floating Islands, verticality will be key… so expect to find/unlock power and items that help you navigate upwards… maybe even flying mounts!
Then we get a good look at the ground areas, which look pretty much the same as the original game… we get a glimpse at another clue that suggests that the enemies of Zelda are stepping up their tactics. MOBLINS NOW RIDE ROCK GIANTS! Although we only see this in a very short clip, it's clear that this is meant to point out that the enemies are learning to try harder against Link, and therefore it’s safe to suggest that Link too will be stepping up his options for Combat. But it's not entirely clear to what capacity…YET!
But notice in these segments Link looks closer to his original look, than the look we got from the first clips. So, what this tells us is… CUSTOMISATION IS BACK! Which, seems obvious as it was a key feature from the first game, but it’s reassuring to see its return be confirmed. Although one thing I noticed, whilst Link does have A SWORD, it doesn’t appear to be the Master Sword… so, I wonder where that sword is?
Then we get to see one of those new powers I spoke about earlier, which helps with verticality and climbing. Link seems to rewind up a glowing green area like a backwards teardrop, in which he warps himself through the floor of a floating Island. But once again at this moment, he has his more ‘wild’ look, as opposed to his traditional look.
It's after this we enter the final segments of this epic trailer, and we see the evilly occupied Hyrule Castle being lifted into the clouds by the corruption of Gannon (or what I believe to be Gannon). As the scene ends, the trailer comes to its last beautiful scene of a floating Hyrule Castle looking down ominously across the land of Hyrule. It’s a troubling scene, yet holds a strange tranquillity. In fact this scene itself is an artistic masterpiece as it clearly sets the tone for the entire game setting an expectation for fans on what’s to come.
I honestly cannot wait to see more and get my hands on Breath of the Wild 2. The Legend of Zelda games have always lead the way in their innovation, and I cant wait to see Nintendo once again do it with this title. For more news for Nintendo and gaming altogether, be sure to check out more of the articles on this website and follow us on social media. Also, Did you know that we have an active Discord Channel in which we have both Developers and Gamers mixed? It is a nice little community where we can all talk gaming, without judgement and genuinely have some really good conversations! Joining our community is free! No special requirements, so what are you waiting for? Click here to join!
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