When will the next Zelda game come out?
After finishing a Zelda game, there is always at least two questions we ask ourselves. First, how is it possible that a game is so great? And second, when will the next Zelda be released? Well, maybe I am exaggerating a bit here, but the sure thing is that as the Legend of Zelda games are of very high quality, the waiting between the different games can be very long, especially for fans like us!
The last biggest Zelda success in the past years is undoubtly Breath of the Wild, although some DLCs and remakes were released after. But we all feel this impatience for the next opus. It is so hard to wait isn't it?
Now let's see what information we have regarding when the next Zelda game will come out!
What will be the next Zelda game?
1. A quick recap of all the Zelda games
Whether you are a long time fan or whether you have discovered the game recently, it is interesting to give a timeframe of when the different Legend of Zelda opus were released, so here it is. Makes you nostalgic doesn't it?
- The Legend of Zelda (1986)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (1993)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages (2001)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (2004)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004)
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007)
- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009)
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (2015)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
There are so much incredible Zelda games. We can see that the longest time there has been between two games of the franchise is 5 years (without counting remakes and DLCs). It has been 5 years now since Breath of the Wild. So, what about the next one, what is it going to be? Without further waiting, we are telling you that the next one is... ladies and gentlemen... The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2!
2. Will there be another Zelda before BOTW 2?
As stated before, it has been 5 years now that a new Zelda hasn't come out. There has for sure been good content, whether DLCs or the new hack'n'slash called "Hyrule Warriors - Age of Calamity" that you might have heard about. Maybe some of you were wondering if there would be another Zelda before Breath of the Wild 2 is released. We would like to have one too obviously, but unfortunately, unless there is a surprise from Nintendo, it won't happen. We are not saying that Nintendo never makes suprise announcements, but of this kind would be really surprising, to say the least!
In the meantime, if you are too impatient, we recommend you play the Skyward Sword HD remake which is excellent!
Everything we know about BOTW 2 so far
Now that we know how good Breath of the Wild is, there are huge expectations regarding BOTW 2. The game is such a great success, that so much is expected from Breath of the Wild 2. It is why it is probably the most anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusive. Unfortunately, we don't know much about how the game will be, although there are multiple theories regarding what the story could involve and what news there could be. When you played a game like Breath of the Wild, it is normal that a lot of fans are letting their imagination expand and deduct some of the most far-fetched theories...
In fact, it might even be a good thing that we don't know this much about the game to come. The expectations are high, but what if the result is even more surprising, even better than what we expect it to be?
Enough introduction, now let's dive into what we do know about the game to come!
When will BOTW 2 be released?
Here is the most important question! When will the new Zelda game, aka Breath of the Wild 2, the upcoming sequel to 2017's Breath of the Wild be released? Here again, there is nothing certain as it was previously announced for 2022, but apparently it will finally come out during Spring 2023, so about one year from now. Hopefully it will not be moved to a later date...
Yeah, it is still far away in time, or shall I say too far away, but trust me, it will go fast. Time flies.
What console will we be able to play it on?
Nintendo Switch of course! (If you don't already have one right now, you should get one!)
We all love the Switch. It is light, the battery is okay (maybe the Joycon sucks...), you can play a lot of games, the quality is good, and you can take it everywhere you want. However, as the console is light and quite small (compared to a TV screen), there is still a debate regarding the possible quality or the future games to come, and BOTW 2 is concerned too.
The most recent gameplay footage for Breath of the Wild 2 is impressive, but we can wonder: is it too impressive to be on the Nintendo Switch? Will the console be able to handle such incredible visuals? Some say BOTW 2 will be both for the Switch and the Swith Pro to come... We will see.
Breath of the Wild 2's best trailer
Undoubtly, the E3 2021 trailer. Just watch if you haven't already done so... amazing!
Ganondorf fan theory for BOTW 2
There is a very interesting theory thought and explained by some Zelda fans, stating that some parts of the game would be spent playing Ganondorf, and that BOTW 2 whose name is still unknown for now would be something like "Demise of the Wild", in reference to the evil King Demise threw upon the world using Ganon. The game would be about the fall of Ganondorf the man, his curse, and his resurrection through breaking the cycle of Demise. There is even some sub-theories claiming the Link we see in the E3 trailer would be Ganon... Thought provoking, isn't it?
Do you think this is a plausible theory? What do you guys think?
Will BOTW 2 be a darker turn for the series?
According to Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, Breath of the Wild 2 is going to have a darker tone than Breath of the Wild, and will even be "a little bit darker" than Majora's Mask. At Zelda Shop, we love deep, dark yet inspiring stories, and we loved Majora's Mask, so we will see!
Hopefully, the game will not be too dark as to traumatize younger lads... We are sure that there will be a good balance. What do you think? You might realize that we are asking a lot of questions, and it is simply because for now the game is up to mostly speculations, and we only know so little of it! Yeah... still one year to wait.
Do you think BOTW 2 will be worth it?
I hope you enjoyed our "When will the next Zelda game come out" article!
If you have any news we missed, any thoughs or anything to say, feel free to comment.