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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the sequel to Breath of the Wild, launches in May 2023

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What you need to know

  • Nintendo first announced a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 2019. 
  • During the September 2022 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo shared that this game is titled The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is slated to launch on May 12, 2023. 

The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is no longer unnamed, with new details on what it's called and when players to get to enjoy it.

To close out the Nintendo Direct on Sep. 13, 2022, Nintendo shared that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the next mainline game in the long-running series. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is slated to launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.

You can take a look at the trailer from the Nintendo Direct below, giving us the official name of the game and the release date:

While little is known about the story, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will allow players to explore the vast world of Hyrule, as well as flying across the skies with some strange new powers that we don't quite understand.

This game's predecessor, the 2017 title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is one of the most successful Nintendo Switch titles in existence, with over 28 million copies sold as of 2022. Bringing an open world an expansive physics systems to the franchise, it's widely regarded as one of the best Nintendo Switch games of all time.

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