The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the upcoming twentieth main installment in The Legend of Zelda series.[3] The game is scheduled to be released on May 12, 2023 on the Nintendo Switch.[2]

Plot

The announcement trailer shows Link and Princess Zelda exploring an unknown subterranean ruin. They arrive in a cavern where a corpse is held in suspended animation, gripped by a pale, ghostly hand. The corpse stirs amidst an earthquake, and the trailer then cuts to a view of Hyrule Castle from the Great Plateau. As the ground shakes, the castle is seen rising into the air. Text is then displayed announcing the development of a sequel to Breath of the Wild.[3]

In the second trailer during E3 2021, gameplay footage showed Link skydiving and paragliding among landmasses floating in the sky. Link is seen battling various enemies, such as a Stone Talus carrying a Monster Stronghold. Link also wields new abilities which seemingly come from his altered right arm: one that moves an object backward on the path it came from, and another that phases Link through a solid structure from underneath. The trailer concludes with scenes of Hyrule Castle being violently lifted from the ground by a huge mass of Malice.[4][5]

The delay announcement video shows Link standing next to a floating orb of energy and examining a heavily damaged Master Sword. The floating orb has a golden glow, and the damaged Master Sword has a faint blue glow.

In the third trailer, a large portrait similar to the Calamity Ganon Tapestry was shown depicting Soldiers fighting with Moblins and Bokoblins, an unknown figure surrounded by seven symbols, and a few people resembling Princess Zelda and the corpse from the announcement trailer. Afterward, more gameplay footage shows Link pushing open a large door and jumping into a free fall. Next, Link jumps onto a large boulder traveling into the air, showing a giant storm forming nearby. Next, Link climbs up the root of a tree sticking out of a floating rock. Finally, Link falls out of the sky above Hyrule and lands on a large, flying mechanism, which he appears to pilot.

Development

Development of the twentieth game in The Legend of Zelda series began in 2017 after the production for Breath of the Wild concluded.[6] During the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct, it was announced that it would be a sequel to Breath of the Wild.[7][3] The idea of creating a direct sequel came from the fact that Eiji Aonuma, producer of Breath of the Wild, wanted to revisit the same Hyrule while incorporating a new story and gameplay mechanics.[1] Initially, new ideas were thought of for DLC but evolved into a new game when too many were gathered.[8]

During the announcement of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on September 8, 2020, Eiji Aonuma said that Nintendo was still working on the game and that the fans would have to wait before getting any news. Later, in a December interview, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser added that the contents of the game would be shown when they felt they had enough to show.[9]

The second trailer and first gameplay showcase aired on June 15th, 2021, during the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct.[4] A portion of gameplay was shown, featuring a number of abilities and the new world of Hyrule. An estimated release date for the game was also announced to be sometime during 2022.

On March 29, 2022, Nintendo released a video where Eiji Aonuma announced that development time had been extended, with the game being set to release in the spring of 2023. A short gameplay clip was premiered that showcased Link's new outfit and a heavily damaged Master Sword.[2]

The third trailer for the game was shown in the September 13, 2022 Nintendo Direct, where the title, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and release date, May 12, 2023, were revealed.[10] Nintendo UK did not livestream the Nintendo Direct as a mark of respect during the national period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.[11] Nintendo UK later acknowledged the announcement in a Twitter post on October 3rd.[12]

Reception



The announcement of Tears of the Kingdom under the name "Sequel to Breath of the Wild" was celebrated by fans across the world as Breath of the Wild was one of the most popular games on the Nintendo Switch and was known throughout the gaming community, especially after winning the Game of the Year award at the 2017 Japan Game Awards.[13] Many fans speculate about whether Princess Zelda will be a playable character or if multiplayer would be added, but when asked, Aonuma declined to answer.[14]

When the title of Tears of the Kingdom was revealed during the September 13, 2022 Nintendo Direct, many fans were unsure whether the name referred to tears as in crying, or tears as in rips.[15] Nintendo cleared up the confusion a few days later and confirmed that the name refers to tears as in crying.[16]

Awards

Event Award Result
The Game Awards 2020 Most Anticipated Game Nominated
Golden Joystick Awards 2021 Most Wanted Game Nominated [17]
The Game Awards 2021 Most Anticipated Game Nominated
Golden Joystick Awards 2022 Most Wanted Game Won [18]
The Game Awards 2022 Most Anticipated Game Pending

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Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
LanguageNamesMeanings
Japan
Japanese
ゼルダの伝説 ティアーズ オブ ザ キングダム (Zeruda no Densetsu Tiāzu Obu Za Kingudamu)[20]Same as English.
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
ChineseTR
薩爾達傳說 王國之淚 (Sàěrdá Chuánshuō Wángguó Zhī Lèi)[27]Same as English.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom[22]
The French Republic
FrenchEU
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom[21]
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom[24]
The Italian Republic
Italian
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom[19]
The Republic of Korea
Korean
젤다의 전설 티어스 오브 더 킹덤 (Jelda-ui Jeonseol Tieoseu Obeu Deo Kingdeom)[25]Same as English.
The Portuguese Republic
PortugueseEU
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom[26]
Latin America
SpanishLA
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom[23]
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom[28]
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brian Shea, Breath Of The Wild's Director Is Returning For The Sequel, Game Informer, published June 11, 2019, retrieved June 12, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Launch Timing Update for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel" — Nintendo, Launch Timing Update for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel, YouTube (video), published March 29, 2022, retrieved March 29, 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - First Look Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019" — Nintendo, Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - First Look Trail..., YouTube (video), published June 11, 2019, retrieved May 10, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Return to Hyrule - and the skies above - in this first look at gameplay for the Sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, planned for release on #NintendoSwitch in 2022."Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - E3 2021 Teaser - Nintendo Direct, YouTube, published June 15, 2021, retrieved June 15, 2021.
  5. "The Hyrule Castle rising." (Nintendo Magazine, Winter 2021, pg. 19 (English))
  6. Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 424
  7. "The sequel to The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now in development for #NintendoSwitch!" — @NintendoAmerica on Twitter, June 11, 2019 (Archive)
  8. "Initially we were thinking of just DLC ideas, but then we had a lot of ideas and we said, "This is too many ideas, let's just make one new game and start from scratch."" —Eiji Aonuma (Breath Of The Wild Is Getting A Sequel Because The Team Had Too Many DLC Ideas (And Other Info From Zelda's Producer).)
  9. "You’ve followed Nintendo long enough to know that as we progress on any title, and we deem it’s the right moment, we will share with the community where we are in the development. At this point, though, I have nothing more that I can share on those titles." — Russ Frushtik, Doug Bowser on Nintendo’s obsession with March 31, plus Joy-Con drift and the Switch Pro rumors, Polygon, published Dec 16, 2020, retrieved Aug 7, 2021.
  10. "The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom!" — @NintendoAmerica, Nintendo of America(web archive), Twitter, published June 11, 2019, retrieved September 13, 2022.
  11. "As a mark of respect during this period of national mourning, we will not livestream tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct. It will be published as a video-on-demand on our YouTube channel at 16:00 (UK time) tomorrow." — @NintendoUK, Nintendo UK(web archive), Twitter, published September 12, 2022, retrieved September 13, 2022.
  12. "The Legend of #Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom." — @NintendoUK, Nintendo UK(web archive), Twitter, published October 3, 2022, retrieved October 8, 2022.
  13. "The Japan Game Awards 2017 (organized by the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association CESA; Chairman: Hideki Okamura) has announced the award winners for the "Games of the Year Division". "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" of Nintendo Co., Ltd. received the most prestigious Grand Award. Nintendo has won the Grand Award for the second consecutive years."The Grand Award goes to "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", Japan Game Awards (PDF), published September 21, 2017, retrieved September 21, 2022.
  14. Colin Stevens and Samuel Claiborn, HERE'S WHAT ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD SEQUEL'S CREATOR IS WILLING TO SAY ABOUT CO-OP - E3 2019, IGN, published June 12, 2019, retrieved June 13, 2019.
  15. "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was named on screen during the latest Nintendo Direct - but many fans still had questions. Namely, was that "tears" as in crying? Or "tears" as in something being torn up?" — Tom Phillips, Here's how you pronounce Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo says, Eurogamer.net, published September 16, 2022, retrieved September 21, 2022.
  16. "But only one way is actually correct, and Nintendo has now confirmed to Eurogamer... it is tears as in crying." — Tom Phillips, Here's how you pronounce Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo says, Eurogamer.net, published September 16, 2022, retrieved September 21, 2022.
  17. Ben Tyrer, Here are all the Golden Joystick Awards 2021 winners, GamesRadar+, published November 23, 2021, retrieved November 27, 2022.
  18. Sam Loveridge, Here are all the Golden Joystick Awards 2022 winners, GamesRadar+, published November 22, 2022, retrieved November 27, 2022.
  19. "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom per Nintendo Switch sarà disponibile dal 12 maggio 2023." — NintendoItalia, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – In arrivo il 12 maggio 2023 (Nintendo Switch), YouTube (video), published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 26, 2022.
  20. "ゼルダの伝説 ティアーズ オブ ザ キングダム"『ゼルダの伝説 ブレス オブ ザ ワイルド』続編。『ゼルダの伝説 ティアーズ オブ ザ キングダム』は、2023年5月12日発売。, Nintendo Japan, published September 14, 2022, retrieved September 14, 2022.
  21. "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sortira le 12 mai 2023 sur Nintendo Switch." — Nintendo France, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Sortie le 12 mai 2023 (Nintendo Switch), YouTube (video), published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 26, 2022.
  22. "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom wordt op 12 mei 2023 uitgebracht op de Nintendo Switch." — Nintendo Nederland, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Verschijnt op 12 mei 2023 (Nintendo Switch), YouTube (video), published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 26, 2022.
  23. "La secuela de The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild es The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom." — @MxNintendo, Nintendo México(web archive), Twitter, published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 16, 2022.
  24. "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom"The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo Germany, published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 16, 2022.
  25. "젤다의 전설 티어스 오브 더 킹덤"『젤다의 전설 브레스 오브 더 와일드』의 속편 『젤다의 전설 티어스 오브 더 킹덤』, 『파이어 엠블렘 인게이지』, 『피크민 4』, 『별의 커비 Wii 디럭스』 등, Nintendo Switch 소프트웨어의 최신 정보를 전달!, Nintendo Korea, published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 14, 2022.
  26. "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom chega à Nintendo Switch a 12 de maio de 2023." — Nintendo Portugal, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo Switch) – 12/05/23, YouTube (video), published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 26, 2022.
  27. "薩爾達傳說 王國之淚"《薩爾達傳說 曠野之息》續篇——《薩爾達傳說 王國之淚》的後續資訊公開! 《皮克敏4》、《Fire Emblem™ Engage》和《星之卡比 Wii 豪華版》等 Nintendo Switch軟體的最新資訊公開!, Nintendo Hong Kong, published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 16, 2022.
  28. "The Legend of #Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" — @NintendoES, Nintendo España(web archive), Twitter, published September 13, 2022, retrieved September 16, 2022.