Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Will Use Breath of the Wild's Overworld Map

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Will Use Breath of the Wild's Overworld Map

Hyrule is in a slightly better condition than you last saw it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is reflected in a lot of ways throughout its upcoming prequel, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Beyond just setting and characters, the very style of the game is lock-step with Breath of the Wild—even down to the overworld map.

In today's Nintendo Treehouse live stream, we got a good look at what the structure of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will look like. If you played the original Hyrule Warriors, you might remember its main story campaign as being a sort-of timeline or series of events. In Age of Calamity, that's expanded out to cover the breadth of Hyrule, using the same map as Breath of the Wild.

There will hopefully be fewer ruins here. | Nintendo/Koei Tecmo

In the image above, you can spot a layout that looks just like the Sheikah Slate map in Breath of the Wild. This includes many of the locales Link could have visited in the game, only 100 years earlier. Certain areas like Mabe Village have not yet become ruins thanks to the work of Calamity Ganon, and so they show up as various icons and hubs on the map.

Now, whether we'll get to personally visit each seems like a stretch. From the live stream, it seems like many of these areas provide additional training maps, resources, or spots to upgrade weapons and other boons. Still, the attention to detail here is striking; it might seem strange to reference nostalgia for a game that came out in 2017, but I felt a pang of something close to that seeing this map for the first time.

Also during the Treehouse live stream, we got a look at a few different characters: Link, Zelda, Urbosa, and the younger version of Impa. They have all been confirmed as playable already, but seeing them in action, fighting Yiga Blademasters and a Hinnox is pretty fun. The Runes system looks interesting as well; in Urbosa's map, she had to use remote bombs to awaken Molduga, the giant sandworm, and chase away the Yiga Clan. It's the Dune tribute I never knew I wanted.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will launch for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20, 2020.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

No More Heroes 1 and 2 Are Out Now for Nintendo Switch

Travis Touchdown is really making himself at home on Nintendo's latest device.

Sony Delays PS5 Launch Title Destruction AllStars to February

On top of the delay, it'll also be launching as a free title through PlayStation Plus.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Is Heading to iOS and Android

Hopefully it'll run better at launch than the Switch version did.

Luigi is Real in Super Mario Bros. 35

Play as Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 35. (Or wear his skin, whatever.)

Need help?

Apex Legends Vaults - Where to Find the Vaults and How to Open Them

Need to know how to find a Vault Key in Apex Legends to open one of the three vaults? We've got you covered.

Gears 5 Collectibles - How to Find All Collectible Locations

Here's our guide to the Gears 5 collectible locations, including Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, and Act 4 collectibles.

Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers - Devil Breaker Arm Abilities in Devil May Cry 5

Here's our complete breakdown of every Devil Breaker arm ability for Nero in Devil May Cry 5.

Sekiro Tips - How to Beat Every Boss and Survive in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

This is our complete beginner's guide to surviving Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a list of essential tips and tricks.