The Hyrule Warriors Follow-Up Is a Breath of the Wild Prequel

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

If you’ve played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, then you’re probably familiar with an event called the Calamity. The Calamity happened 100 years before Breath of the Wild begins, but the entire game focuses around the aftermath of that event.

Later this year, we’ll get to experience that event in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Now, even though this is a prequel to Breath of the Wild, it’s actually a follow-up to Hyrule Warriors, which released on Wii U in 2014 and was later re-released on Nintendo Switch.

This does seem like an odd choice, but I suspect that Nintendo wants to release a Zelda game every year for the Switch, and that the true Breath of the Wild sequel isn’t ready yet. So it makes sense to bring in a third party to handle another Hyrule Warriors game.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

And really, Hyrule Warriors was stupid amounts of fun (I liked it so much that I bought it twice), so getting a follow-up isn’t the worst thing in the world — especially when it’s done in the absolutely gorgeous art style of Breath of the Wild. And getting to play as the four Champions is actually going to be really cool. Okay, the more I think about it, the more excited I am for this.

The Breath of the Wild sequel is still planned for some point in the future (my gut-feeling estimate would be a holiday of 2021 release, but we won’t know until Nintendo makes an official announcement).

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is slated for a November 20, 2020 release, and we will be getting more information on September 26. In the meantime, you can hold yourself over by checking out this N64 de-make of the Breath of the Wild sequel trailer. It’s pretty fantastic.

Oh, and I got so excited that I almost forgot about it, but there’s a Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity announcement trailer as well. You can check that out below.

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