Nintendo has shocked fans after announcing a prequel to The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild titled Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity.
In a tweet today, Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity, a prequel video game which is set 100 years before the events of Breath Of The Wild. The game will follow the events of the Great Calamity and allow players to battle as various warriors including Zelda.
Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity will release November 20th, 2020, and is being developed by Koei Tecmo, the developer of the 2014 hack and slash Hyrule Warriors. An official description of the game, as reported by Nintendo Life, reads:
“Hyrule Warriors: The Age Of Calamity features gameplay that will be familiar to fans of the Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors games. Focused on performing combos and over-the-top special abilities, the action-heavy gameplay is fast-paced and strategic, perfect for players looking for an intense, non-stop action game with direct ties to The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. In addition to all the action, the game is loaded with a robust story that depicts the events, relationships, and dramatic moments of the Great Calamity in captivating detail.
“Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity finds plenty of inspiration from The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild – not just in its visual style. Many of the most popular and fan-favourite characters from The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild are playable, including Link and Zelda.
In addition to hacking and slashing their way through swarms of enemies to defend Hyrule, players will also solve environmental puzzles, unlock weapons and skills, craft materials, visit shops to obtain items and use the power of the Sheikah Slate, which fans will recognise from The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.“
In a separate video released alongside the official announcement, Nintendo confirmed that it was still developing Breath Of The Wild 2 and Zelda development Chief Eiji Aonuma informed fans that they’ll have to wait a little longer before Nintendo releases any information and updates.
Until then, we’ll have to make do with Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity this November. You can watch the trailer below: