A Legend of Zelda game set 100 years before Breath of the Wild? Count me in! As a Warriors type of game? Sorry you almost lost me. Almost.

If you’re not familiar with the lore of Breath of the Wild, that 100-year mark is significant. The major events at that time are described in detail in the game and describes the falling of Link and Hyrule Kingdom to Calamity Ganon. Link was to be basically put in a coma to recover from his wounds, rise up, and defeat Ganon, which is the Breath of the Wild game. Now, Nintendo is partnering with KOEI Tecmo Games and announced a new entry in the Warriors games series called Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity:

Never has a tweet made me experience such a high and then come crashing down to such low as this one. For a short moment, I kinda thought this was the BOTW 2 sequel, but it’s not. Still though this game does serve as a prequel and that in and of itself is pretty fascinating. Prequels are tricky because whatever tragic events that happened that lead to a current timeline need to be played out in the prequel game. And since you’re always trying to win in video games, how do incorporate the loss of Hyrule Kindgom, the defeat of the Champions, and Link being gravely injured as winning conditions?

There’s nothing wrong with the Warriors games. It was just never my cup of tea. I never got into the first game two Hyrule Warriors games. And I was about to write this one off but after watching that trailer, I may have to get it just to experience the story. Plus, it helps that the art style is exactly the same as BOTW. If it wasn’t, I’d easily write this one off.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity comes out on Friday November 20, 2020 for Nintendo Switch. There’s another update scheduled for 9/26 so hopefully by then we’ll get a peek at the character roster, gameplay mechanics, and actual gameplay (but I can’t imagine it strays too far from the Warriors formula).

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