Well, this sounds awfully familiar. The highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is facing another delay. Keep in mind, this is just rumor at this point, so it with a grain of salt. The news broke on the blog of well known Nintendo tipster, Emily Rogers, who broke down the reasons for the delay. Apparently, the game has run into problems during its localization and the process isn’t expected to be done until the end of December. After the localization is finished that leaves four to six moths of testing to fix the bugs. Breath of the Wild is an incredibly ambitious game. With it’s open world, it’s going to be an incredibly daunting task. Rogers has a great track record with leaks, including correctly predicting all the specs behind the Nintendo Switch. Eurogamer and Laura Kate Dale have also confirmed the delay.
While it was never confirmed by the Big N, it was widely thought Breath of the Wild would be a Switch launch title. First announced in 2013 for the Wii U, this latest Zelda adventure has had a lengthy development cycle. Series producer Eiji Aonuma has been pretty open about how different this game will be. Continually stating that the development team is “rethinking the conventions of Zelda.” The first footage was shown at E3 2014. It showed a different Link and tone than what we’ve seen before, seamlessly combining the artistic style of Wind Waker and Skyward Sword into one package. The game received a 2015 release date and Nintendo doubled down on that date at The Game Awards in 2014. Unsurprisingly in March of 2015 it was delayed and no footage was shown at E3 2015.
Finally, at this year’s E3 significant footage of the game was demoed and given a release date of 2017. On top of that, it would release on both the Wii U and the Switch. The reaction to all the footage shown was overwhelmingly positive. Getting several Game of Show awards from outlets like IGN. As a huge fan of the series, delays like these can be incredibly frustrating. At the end of the day, if the delay makes it a better game, it’s worth it. The extra time gives us the game we all deserve. The delay is a small price to pay.
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