Why Nintendo is not giving out Zelda’s real name yet: Breath of the Wild 2

Nintendo feels that the video game’s real name says a bit too much about what the episode will feature.

It’s been two years since Nintendo announced its intention to produce a sequel to the excellentThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is without a doubt one of the best video games of the license, a must-have title for the Switch and – let’s face it – one of the most successful titles in gaming history, period. But since then, the studio has walled in silence.

Very rare are indeed the occasions when Nintendo evokes this new title. A few months after the surprise announcement of a sequel to Breath of the Wild, the Japanese company has of course sent its main executives to the front line to say that this new title will go even further, that it will offer a renewed experience and that its universe will be even larger. They would obviously not say the opposite.

Link streaking through the pampas, his hair blowing in the wind. // Source: Nintendo

A name that says too much about the story

But this mystery around Breath of the Wild 2 today takes on an almost absurd tint. While it has been two years since we know that a new episode is in the works, and that the 2021 edition of E3 was an opportunity for Nintendo to dispel the fog surrounding it a little (by giving a preview of the new powers and showing new images), the official title is still not known.

Indeed, Nintendo always refers to this game as ” The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild “, While the fans, for lack of anything better, refer to it as” Breath of the Wild 2 “, or ” BotW 2 “. And according to the company, this refusal to reveal the real title is not at all linked to marketing reasons, but because it could say a lot about what happens in this next episode.

This is what Bill Trinen, one of Nintendo of America’s senior executives, told IGN. ” As to why we’re holding back on the name, you’ll have to stay tuned because, obviously, Zelda’s names are pretty important. […] These subtitles… they’re starting to give little clues about what might be going to happen “. And since the game won’t be released until 2022, talking about it now is deemed premature.

Sailing is also a good means of transport in Zelda. // Source: Nintendo

It is true that some titles of the license are in fact linked to certain game mechanics, themes or history: in Ocarina of Time, the musical instrument holds a preponderant place. Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages take us on a journey through the seasons and the ages. The Wind Waker recalls the importance of wind power. And Twilight Princess evokes the kingdom of shadows.

Another possible reason is that the final name of BotW 2 is not yet validated. It’s not absurd: there are many video game studios that sometimes have to settle for presenting a hero in full armor in an announcement cutscene, because his final design is not yet ready.

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