Nintendo announced that development on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is finally complete, which means its release date of May 12 is pretty much set in stone.
They gave us this information in a new gameplay demonstration video. And it gives us a firsthand look at so many cool new things:
Eiji Aonuma shows off a couple of new skills that Link will have in the sequel, including recall, which allows you to rewind the movement of an object (and possibly so much more!). In the video, this gets him up to the sky islands to explore.
This leads to the next new skill that will have every Breath of the Wild fan salivating: Fuse. One of the biggest complaints from BOTW was the durability of weapons. You’d find one you like and use it constantly, but it would break all too soon. There was no way to keep them around for longer.
Now? You can fuse it with other items to create a new weapon and increase its durability. I can’t wait to see the insanity that gamers come up with. This also includes giving you elemental arrows by equipping elemental chu jellies before shooting (which is great because I had so many in the last game and you really didn’t use them for much outside of a few armor upgrades or dyeing your clothes).
This also includes equipping mushrooms to your shield, then blocking an enemy attack to create a smokescreen and get in a sneak strike kill. The creativity is endless for this new skill.
That’s only touching on the weapons portion. You can fuse other objects together using Ultrahand and create vehicles, which are what we’ve seen in prior trailers (like the tractor Link rides across Hyrule Field).
Mr. Aonuma also touches on Ascend, a skill that lets you go through most ceilings to the next level, which will help you save your stamina if you need to climb a mountain and there’s a cave you can utilize instead.
Of course, this look at Tears of the Kingdom doesn’t show us anything to do with the story, how to get hearts or more stamina, and that makes us all the more excited to play. The fact that Nintendo is embracing the emphasis on imagination feels like the perfect follow-up to Breath of the Wild, where players used the most ridiculous glitches to do the coolest things.
Nintendo also announced a Tears of the Kingdom Switch OLED edition that will release at the end of April. While it’s not an upgraded, new model, it’s at least the OLED version. So if you’re like me and your release-day 2017 Nintendo Switch is on its last legs, this is a nice announcement.