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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Trailer: Theories, Breakdown, And More

Seeing Midna or Zant would have sealed the deal.

Although Nintendo packed its E3 2019 Direct with a lot of surprise announcements (like Dragon Quest's Hero and Banjo & Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), the biggest surprise came right at the end of the presentation. Nintendo reiterated that a sequel for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already in development and revealed a brand-new trailer that teased further details about the spooky follow-up to the 2017 title. We know very little about it at this point--only that some key talent is coming back, the game is set in the same Hyrule as the first game, and it will be released on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo does a very good job of keeping its games under wraps, so the sequel's name, story, setting, and characters are all still relatively unknown. Really, the only thing we know for sure is that the game is being made. This new trailer did give us a few new details though, and from there we can make some educated speculations as to what to expect. You can also check out a video breakdown above.

Trailer Breakdown

The trailer begins with Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon-looking cave. Although Link's rocking the same look he did in Breath of the Wild, Zelda has changed her wardrobe. Although her Breath of the Wild pants and blouse are still there, she's adopted a cape and hood that's similar to the one Link wears in his Hylian Armour Set. She's also cut her hair, adopting a haircut that's a lot closer to the one Link has.

What's far more noticeable is the music that's playing. The use of synth creates a much spookier atmosphere in comparison to Breath of the Wild's soft strings. The sound, although slightly different, has been used for a Legend of Zelda game before: Twilight Princess. The comparisons to Twilight Princess continue throughout the trailer, as Link and Zelda delve deeper into the dungeon.

The duo encounters a dark energy that seems to almost be infecting the area and creatures around it and it's coming from what appears to be the mummified corpse of Calamity Ganon (at the very least, it looks like a male Gerudo). The energy itself is only being channeled through Ganon though. It's actually coming from a glowing arm clutching the mummy's chest. The arm is wrapped in golden jewelry, with designs that closely resemble the twisting symbols of the Twili--a race of individuals who are trapped in the Twilight Realm after their ancestors (powerful sorcerers) arrogantly challenged the gods of Hyrule.

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We then see a succession of quickly cutting scenes. The first shows Link's seemingly attempting to channel and utilize the energy that is causing the glowing arm to glow. The next sees the dark energy careening into the ceiling. It's followed by a shot of Link and Zelda reaching for each other before cutting to the opening of a crypt. We then see Zelda's hand grabbed by the glowing arm and (perhaps) a flashback to Calamity Ganon first encountering the shadowy being that belongs to that arm. Link and Zelda's presence then seems to awaken something in the tomb, as the floor begins to crumble and the mummified corpse turns to look at them and open its eyes with vehement hatred. The trailer ends with Hyrule Castle rising from the ground and a shot of glowing blue energy--which again looks a lot like the magic that the Twili (specifically Midna, Zant, and the other powerful leaders) uses.

What It Could Mean

Of course, all the comparisons to Twilight Princess could mean nothing. Some folks complained that Breath of the Wild simply wasn't dark enough story-wise. A similar complaint was directed at The Wind Waker and Nintendo responded with Twilight Princess. Breath of the Wild's sequel might simply look like Twilight Princess because Nintendo is just making an adjustment similar to what it did back in the mid-2000s.

That said, it's a relatively plausible theory to speculate that the Twili and the Twilight Realm will be included in Breath of the Wild's sequel. Early drafts of Breath of the Wild's original story referenced alien involvement. Obviously, this was cut. However, the Twili are a sort of alien to the people of Hyrule. The dimension they live in might as well be on a different planet, and the last time they came to Hyrule (the events of Twilight Princess) it was as an invasive force.

The events of Twilight Princess are also directly referenced in Breath of the Wild. When Link is being knighted as the next Hero of Hyrule and being gifted the Master Sword, Zelda makes reference to the land's previous heroes. "[Link, you] have proven yourself worthy of the blessings of the Goddess of Hylia," Zelda says. "Whether skyward bound, adrift in time, or steeped in the glowing embers of twilight…The sacred blade is forever bound to the soul of the Hero." If Twilight Princess, canonically, takes place prior to the events of Breath of the Wild, then the Twilight Realm exists in this Zelda's game's timeline.

A connection to Twilight Princess isn't all the new trailer possibly implies, though. Zelda's decision to adopt Link's look, and decision to join him on his next adventure might imply a co-op element. If not co-op, then at least Zelda will be playable this time around. It would be pretty cool to finally play as the princess who's in the title of the franchise.

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Sgibson513

Playing the video backwards you can hear something being said in reverse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6o3W5B2PP4

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nunyabizness

Why do people pronounce it "Oh-Karina"? English pronunciation rules should make it "Ah-Karina".

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ChrisAnetkaC

" Some folks complained that Breath of the Wild simply wasn't dark enough story-wise."

Why are "Silent Hill" and "Resident Evil" acolytes playing Zelda anyway?

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Durandaliv

I don't know if anyone noticed, but in one of the frames, Link has a glowing hand. If you think back to the tapestry shown in BotW, the hero shown sealing Ganon away 10000 years earlier was depicted with a glowing hand. This seems to imply the game will be dealing with how Ganon was sealed away. It also implies the impetus for the story: Link and Zelda were investigating where Ganon's malice escaped from, possibly awaken Ganon, and Link has to use his glowy, green-implying-courage-tinted hand to reseal Ganon.

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fiziuhtrist

If you look at the cave drawing of the Gerudo on horseback, you will notice that the "spear" is actually a trident, which further suggests that this drawing is the depiction of Ganondorf as he has been associated with the trident before, especially when in the form of Ganon.

Also to further suggest that the "mummy" is the Ganondorf from Twilight Princess, recall that in Twilight Princess, the Sword of the Six Sages, as well as the Master Sword, both pierced Ganondorf at the spot that the arm/hand is now touching in the BOTW sequel trailer above. My guess is either this is the arm of the Twili (which Midna is a part), or perhaps even associated with Zant, who is attempting to resurrect Ganondorf. Either way, I am convinced this sequel is associated with Twilight Princess.

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D3ad2fall88

I haven't beat the first one yet. I went on vacation in 2017 for 3 weeks to Cali and Oregon to visit family I bought the switch and BOTW to pass time at night and when I got home I haven't touched it again lol. I want to finish though.

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Sepewrath

My first thought seeing that was Demise, remember in one timeline he was defeated as the Imprisoned when Link dropped the statue of Hylia on him. So he could very much be under ground dead and someone was trying to revive him. Especially when the castle started to go up, like if he's coming back from death, he could believe the people are still hiding in the sky.

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Reuwsaat

I wasn't expecting that announcement at all on this E3 at least, it was very exciting to see news about the next major title :)

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KingOdin11

Meh, I wasn't much of a fan of Breath of the Wild since I feel I've played better Zeldas and open-world games; had it been my first Switch game instead of Super Mario Odyssey, I would've been downright furious. I more hyped about the forthcoming remake of Link's Awakening.

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KGBKGB

@kingodin11: You are in the minority. There are no better open world games, Zelda is by far the most open world game ever created.

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KingOdin11

@kgbkgb: Well, whatever the case, I liked Link to the Past a hell of a lot more. I think there's a hell of a lot of corruption and bias in game reviewing, similar to the mainstream media. I thought Horizon Zero Dawn was a far superior open-world game. I respect your right to like Breath of the Wild, so you should respect my right to dislike it instead of acting like your biased opinion is divine truth.