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The capstone to an eventful Nintendo’s E3 Direct was an sudden pleasure: A sequel to the fashionable traditional within the Zelda collection, Breath of the Wild. In fact, all they stated was that it’s “in improvement,” however that’s sufficient for me.

Concluding the video that Nintendo has opted for as an alternative of a press convention in recent times, the corporate’s Shinya Takahashi stated, confidentially: “Now we have extra video games in improvement than what we’ve proven you at the moment. I’m wanting ahead to the day we are able to introduce them to you. Talking of… earlier than we finish this Direct, I even have another factor to indicate you.”

With that he threw to a ultimate trailer that immediately recognized itself to the educated eye as Breath of the Wild associated — superfans can have acknowledged the inexperienced magical trails and corruption slime from that recreation instantly. However any doubt was cleared away once we received a closeup of Zelda herself (sporting a classy new brief hairdo), who accompanied by Hyperlink seems to be main an expedition right into a dungeon of some variety.

The 2 encounter a mysterious determine that seems to be mummified, gripped by a magical hand, and deeply evil — you’ll be able to inform from the streams of horrible goo coming from it, and from how its eyes glowed crimson when it detected the presence of our heroes. Just a few flashes of determined motion and it cuts to the overworld, the place Hyrule fort seems to sink into the bottom and set off an earthquake with who is aware of what results.

“The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in improvement,” the trailer concluded.

If the trailer is any indication, the tone of this recreation is far darker and extra harmful than the final one, which in its promotional supplies emphasised freedom, nature, and openness. On this one nevertheless all is darkish, cramped, and harmful.

Clearly Zelda and Hyperlink have woke up an historic evil, maybe that which first corrupted Ganondorf to start with which the Sheikah fastidiously sealed away.

What may it imply? Right here’s hoping the subsequent Zelda focuses extra on the intricate, harmful dungeons that earlier titles did — everybody cherished Breath of the Wild, however the commonest criticism was the brevity and shortage of its huge dungeons. (Scores of smaller shrines helped offset this criticism, but it surely’s nonetheless legitimate.)

I’m hoping for an enormous “underworld” to reflect the huge overworld that was such a pleasure to discover. Caves, temples, secrets and techniques, darkness and survival parts galore!

It appears possible that Nintendo has listened to critics whereas additionally enjoying to its strengths, and the core gameplay methods of the final recreation might be married to extra structured gameplay and narrative. At any price we don’t know something for certain aside from that the sport is being developed — which anybody might need guessed. However it’s good to see that confirmed, and be given a glimpse of the subsequent recreation’s darker finery.

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