Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma knows what you're thinking—isn't it about time we hear more on the Breath of the Wild sequel? First announced at E3 2019, it's been a no-show ever since. Today, Aonuma has given a small update on it of sorts, insofar as he's said we need to be patient.
In the introduction for today's new reveal trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Aonuma addresses the elephant in the room. With Age of Calamity serving as a Breath of the Wild prequel, Aonuma takes a moment to talk about the highly anticipated follow-up:
We mentioned in the June 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation that we had started development on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many people around the world are still playing Breath of the Wild, so I'd like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Everyone, thank you so much. Regarding the sequel, in order to make the vast world you've enjoyed exploring in the original game even more impressive, the team is working hard on its development. So, you'll have to wait a bit longer before we can provide more updates.
For a few reasons, we shouldn't be too surprised to hear that the Breath of the Wild sequel isn't quite ready for another look. For one, Nintendo has talked about the difficulties of switching to remote development work during the COVID-19 pandemic, which could lead to internal delays for the Breath of the Wild sequel and other major titles like Metroid Prime 4. On top of that, last month a report claimed that a new model of the Switch is planned for release in 2021. If true, it could make sense for Nintendo to time the new model's release alongside the launch of something like the new Zelda title.
There's also the matter of giving The Legend of Zelda the spotlight it deserves. While having stronger ties to the Zelda storyline will certainly convince some people to give Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity a try, Koei Tecmo's massive battlers are still spin-offs. With several releases for the Super Mario 35th anniversary coming over the next few months, perhaps we'll be waiting until that promotional cycle's calmed down before we see more of what Aonuma, Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi, and the rest of the team at Nintendo have cooking.
We actually don't have all that long to wait until the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, for that matter. It's coming up in February 2021, so mark it on your calendars and keep your fingers crossed for another Aonuma address around then.