In a surprise announcement, Nintendo has revealed a sequel to the 2014 hack and slash adventure game Hyrule Warriors. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will serve as a prequel to the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and will be developed by Koei Tecmo.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will take place one hundred years before the events of Breath of the Wild and during the events great calamity that rendered the land into its pseudo-post-apocalyptic state at the start of the game.
The announcement was made in a short video posted to Nintendo’s YouTube channel featuring The Legend of Zelda’s producer Eiji Aonuma and the producer of the Hyrule Warriors series Yosuke Hayashi. Footage for the game shows that it will feature multiple playable characters. The video featured footage of Link, Zelda and the four champions representing the other races in the game as featured in Breath of the Wild; these being the Goron Darku, Urbosa the Gerudo, Mipha the Zora, and Revail the Rito.
Koei Tecmo who are best known for the Dynasty Warriors series will be developing the title; they developed the original Hyrule Warriors as well as Fire Emblem Warriors. Hyrule Warriors originally released in 2014 for the Nintendo WiiU before being ported to the 3DS and Switch in 2016 and 2018 respectively. The title featured an original story and a multitude of playable characters from the series’ past instalments.
A sequel to Breath of the Wild was announced at E3 2019, and whilst details of the new game have been scarce it has been speculated that the game could release as part of anniversary celebrations for the Zelda franchise’s 35th birthday next year.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is set to release November 20 2020 and is now available to pre-order on the Nintendo Switch.
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