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The next Legend of Zelda game, previously referred to as Breath of the Wild 2, has been officially titled Tears of the Kingdom. The name and release date were revealed during the latest Nintendo Direct, sparking a whole lot of fan theories and speculation. As expected, it has also sparked rumors of an updated, more powerful Switch model.
Part of this is due to the game’s release date: as of the new trailer, Tears of the Kingdom is set to launch on May 12, 2023. Notably, that date is after the end of fiscal year 2022, a period in which Nintendo said it would not release new hardware — something that ResetEra -user digitalrelic remembered. The started a poll on the popular gaming forum as a result, asking other users if they think Zelda’s release will coincide with a “Switch 2.” Next spring will be six years since the Switch’s original release, and because it also falls outside the boundaries of when Nintendo said it would not release a new console, digitalrelic sees an opportunity. However, poll responses and responses in the thread are quite polarizing. As always, it’s important to remember that Nintendo has repeatedly stated that it won’t work on the Switch Pro, Switch 2, or similar concept.
Funnily enough, it was the previous Legend of Zelda trailer (still under the name Breath of the Wild 2) that caused this discussion to pop up last time. At the time, Digital Foundry noted that the footage in the trailer seemed too technical for what the Switch was capable of if it was actually created in-engine and not pre-rendered. It’s really not surprising then that the new trailer brings up the same theories again.
Beyond the hardware nonsense, there have been a lot of theories about this new Zelda game. The last trailer led some to believe that we would be getting two different links. The latest has given rise to plenty of theories and questions of its own. The name, the cutouts, Link’s powers – there’s so much to dissect in just a minute and a half of footage. At least we know that everything will be answered next May.