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If you’re a Zelda fan who’s expecting to delve into Link’s newest quest this year, you may want to plan for another replay of Breath of the Wild instead, as Nintendo has revealed the disappointing news that the sequel to its open-world adventure is undergoing a delay.

Eiji Aonuma, producer of the timeless Legend of Zelda series, confirmed in a video today that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 has been pushed to spring 2023. The game was supposed to be released this year for the Nintendo Switch.

Aonuma apologized, explaining that “in order to make this game’s experience something special, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on this game, so please wait a while longer.”

No reason was given for the delay, but Zelda fans who pick up the game next year can expect new encounters, new gameplay elements, a bigger world, and much more. The original Breath of the Wild has been a major success, having sold nearly 26 million copies since its release.

Launch Timing Update for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel (YouTube)

The Legend of Zelda series producer, Eiji Aonuma, has an update to share about the launch timing of the sequel to The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Please take a look.

“As previously announced, the adventure in this sequel will take place not just on the ground as in the previous game, but also in the skies above. However the expanded world goes beyond that, and there will be an even wwider variety of features you can enjoy, including new encounters and new gameplay elements.”

“Every time we make a Zelda, we want to make something new. It’s hard to gauge how long that’s going to take. And it’s also hard to gauge at what point whatever we consider to be new is done. A lot of times what we try to tackle takes a lot longer than anticipated. So that’s why many times the development struggle there is a delay.”

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