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E3 2021 takes place June 12-15 as a re-imagined, all-virtual on-line occasion. Nintendo, Xbox, Bethesda, Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, Ubisoft, Capcom, and others will ship new online game bulletins, trailers, launch dates, and extra.
Nintendo gave followers a recent peek at the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Tuesday, however the firm is clearly not prepared to offer us the final name of subsequent 12 months’s sport. It’s nonetheless calling it “the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” in an official capability. That’s as a result of the title might give away too a lot, Nintendo says, about what’s going to transpire throughout Link and Zelda’s subsequent journey.
Nintendo of America senior product advertising and marketing supervisor Bill Trinen mentioned in an interview with IGN that followers will “just have to stay tuned” for the final name, stressing the significance of the subsequent Zelda sport’s full title.
“Those subtitles … they start to give little bits of hints about maybe what’s going to happen,” Trinen advised IGN. In different phrases, you get to invest for the subsequent 12 months about what’s up with Link’s arm and the place the Breath of the Wild sequel actually takes place in the complicated Zelda timeline.
Of course, Nintendo has a convention of being cagey about the plot, settings, and titles of The Legend of Zelda sequence. The firm additionally has a popularity of exhibiting its Zelda video games very early, typically with out gameplay particulars or full titles. Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto gave us our first have a look at The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword again at E3 2009, with some memorable idea artwork that includes Link and Fi. It wasn’t till 2010 that we acquired that sport’s final name and gameplay. Skyward Sword arrived a 12 months later in 2011.
Nintendo had an analogous construct as much as Breath of the Wild. Series producer Eiji Aonuma first talked about Nintendo’s plan to “rethink the concepts of Zelda” again in 2013. Then in 2014, we acquired first gameplay footage of the open-world Zelda idea. But it wasn’t till 2016 that Nintendo revealed the title, Breath of the Wild.
All of which is to say that that is par for the course in terms of new entries in the mainline Zelda sequence. However, Nintendo additionally has a behavior of lacking its Zelda launch home windows, so when Nintendo mentioned it’s “aiming to launch [the sequel to Breath of the Wild] for Nintendo Switch in 2022,” work that truth into your expectations for subsequent 12 months.