The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is reportedly nearing the end of its development cycle.
Nintendo insider Zippo claims that while development of Breath of the Wild 2 has been hit hard by the pandemic, the Nintendo Switch game is almost finished.
Unfortunately, however, the good news ends there, because despite hitting the development milestone, the release date is still some way off.
“So… Breath of the Wild 2. Many are wondering if this is THE year it releases, after all, it was announced about two years ago. I’m gonna go and say… No,” reads a Zippo blog post.
“If any Nintendo game was affected by the Pandemic, it was this one. From what I heard, the game is nearing completion, but a release by the end of the year just isn’t seeming feasible.
“The game needs a bit more time, and with the last year in mind, that’s entirely understandable.
If the reports are accurate, then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date could be pushed back to next spring.
Presumably, despite almost finishing the game, Nintendo will need time to polish the game and ensure it’s in a fit state to launch.
“What I foresee Nintendo doing at E3 is finally busting down the doors on the game and giving fans and the press tons of details on it, with a “Spring 2022″ date attached to it. But that’s just my prediction on it.”
It’s also possible the Breath of the Wild sequel is being held back for the release of the rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro.
Considering the original game was a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, it seems only fitting that the sequel would release alongside the console’s powerful new successor.
The Nintendo Switch Pro will reportedly feature a faster processor and an improved handheld display. It will also support 4K visuals when docked.
As for Breath of the Wild 2, little has been revealed about the game since it was announced during E3 2019.
One thing we can be sure of is that the game will have a darker tone than previous Zelda entries.
That’s according to producer Eiji Aonuma, who previously said: “The new Breath of the Wild or the sequel to it, it’s not necessarily going to be related to Majora’s mask or inspired by it… What we showed you currently is a little darker.”
Things certainly looked pretty bleak in the trailer, so let’s hope we see more footage soon.
There’s a good chance we’ll find out more in June, especially as 2021 represents the 35th anniversary of the franchise.