A new Zelda spin-off is coming to Nintendo Switch this November, Nintendo has announced. Titled Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the game is another Dynasty Warriors-style Zelda adventure developed by Koei Tecmo, and it serves as a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Set 100 years before the events of the Switch launch game, Age of Calamity chronicles the Great Calamity that devastated Hyrule as it unfolded. As in the previous Hyrule Warriors, there will be multiple playable characters, each with a unique play style. Players will be able to take control of Link, Zelda, and the four champions of Hyrule–Mipha, Revali, Daruk, and Urbosa–and cut through waves of Ganon’s minions.
In addition to over-the-top battles, Age of Calamity incorporates traditional Zelda elements like environmental puzzles. Players will need to use the Sheikah Slate and other skills to overcome these. Nintendo also says the game features “robust story that depicts the events, relationships and dramatic moments of the Great Calamity in captivating detail.”
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is not the Breath of the Wild sequel that was announced back in June 2019. Development on that game is still progressing, series producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed in a video message, although he noted that fans will have to “wait a bit longer” for news about it.
“We mentioned in the June 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation that we had started development on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Aonuma said. “Many people around the world are still playing Breath of the Wild, so I’d like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. Regarding the sequel, in order to make the vast world you enjoyed exploring in the original game even more impressive, the team is working hard on its development, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can provide more updates.”
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on November 20.
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