We all knew what the video was about when we saw the thumbnail and the ominous title, “Launch Timing Update.” If Nintendo were to announce a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, it would either be headlining a Nintendo Direct or a trailer with an exciting action shot for a thumbnail. We would get some official footage in our inbox shortly after the fact…
But no, it was a black background and white text, the classic “disappointment inside” look that prepared us for the inevitable delay until Spring 2023.
To be fair, at least Nintendo didn’t copy CD Projekt Red’s approach like so many others, tweeting a letter with a bright yellow background. As with previous delays in the series, we had series producer Eiji Aonuma showing up and breaking the news as gently as possible. Hell, he even got a sharp looking new haircut for the occasion.
Nintendo also couldn’t resist the urge to tease a little, which was a really cool move. It was a close-up of Link in the “Sky” world; He rocks tattered clothes, long nails and a gnarly one Broken master sword. What’s that supposed to mean? Well, that’s for the fans to find out!
The delay hurts, yes – especially for those of us who dared to spend this year’s holiday season with a brand new Zelda adventure – but some of us are complacent at the moment as many predicted it would happen.
Assuming it hits the Spring 2023 launch window (and rest assured Nintendo wants to slide it in before the end of the fiscal year), it will be six years after its predecessor
The Legend of Zelda mainline 3D games pretty much exactly always fail their initial release goals, and producing a sequel to one of the greatest games of all time will push Nintendo to strive for the very highest standards. Assuming it hits the Spring 2023 launch window (and rest assured Nintendo wants to slide it in before the end of the fiscal year), it will be six years after its predecessor.
As disappointed as we may be, there’s also excitement that the development team is taking the time to do something really special. As a veteran game developer once said (maybe), a rushed game is forever a turkey unless patched in the wazoo; a delayed game is off the hook from day one, innit. Could paraphrase that, but you get the gist.
Anywaywe just released a cheeky poll back in January asking if you all really believed the game would be out in 2022. As it turns out, just under half of the 11,000 readers who responded had some sort of confidence, although more of you chose the 80% chance option:
So let’s think about some new polls. First, a replay of last time just for fun — were you a pair of smart pants who looked at the show’s precedent and said, “Nah, missed that date”? May be Honestlybecause we know when you’re not!
Besides that, how disappointed are you with the delay? And do you think BOTW2 – or whatever it will be called in the end – will land on its new spring 2023 destination? (Let’s assume that’s from March 1st to June 30th, although again, we expect it to be before the end of fiscal year 2022-2023.)
Have it in the polls and comments below!
https://www.nintendolife.com/features/poll-cmon-then-did-you-predict-the-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-2-delay C’mon, did you predict Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’s delay?