Stunning Zelda footage – but still no release date for Breath of the Wild

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At last night’s Game Awards, Nintendo revealed “Life in the Ruins,” a beautiful new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as a gamplay video showcasing the game’s combat and exploration. The more we see of this open-world game, the better it looks. (And sounds — you won’t be able to miss recognizing iconic notes of the original, stirring Zelda/Hyrule theme in the trailer’s music, around the 1:00 mark for example.)

And, is that a hint of cooperative play, or at least multiple playable characters, when someone (Zelda herself) seemingly reaches for a despirited Link’s hand, then clenches a determined fist? A lot of folks seem to think so. Talk about a game-changer.

But we still don’t have a release date for the new Zelda game, as the series’ 30th anniversary year ticks away.

In the “Let’s Play” video, Nintendo’s Bill Trinen says Breath of the Wild will be released in 2017 for the company’s Switch and Wii U systems; that’s far short of a commitment for a March release alongside the Switch hardware.

Seemingly so close, but why so far from a concrete street date? Excuuuuuse me, I feel like smashing some pots …

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