‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Latest Footages Reveal In-game Weather System, Exploration, Battle Styles; Release Slated In March 2017? [VIDEO]By Khelsie Tee, UniversityHerald Reporter
As one of the game titles which will storm the shelves during the release of Nintendo's Switch is the upcoming installment of "Legend of Zelda." The game released a few videos right off the new console's hype, which unveils outstanding features such as Hyurle's vast landscape, stunning weather patterns and Link's diverse battle weapon style.
One of the big excitements on the "Breath of the Wild" franchise is the picturesque landscape of Hyurle where Link should go on into an unexpected adventure. And through one of the videos posted via GameSpot, the game should allow Link to freely explore the environment, whether by foot or a raft.
Another thing revealed on the video was Link's large scope of navigation in Hyurle, which includes running, swimming, jumping, snowboarding, and even paragliding. Some moments in the video showed Link climbing trees, diving into lakes and sailing on borders using a raft.
Based on Polygon's report, Nintendo updated its official Japanese website for "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" in order to show an in-depth look at the game's weather system. The four-minute video starts in a normal climate that translates into a warm atmosphere, and then shifts gradually to a scene with dark clouds and lightning bolts before it returns to its normal and sunny climate.
Aside from the gorgeous weather transitions in the game, the video also demonstrates Link's cunning strategies in defeating in-game enemies. Scenes in the trailer show Link pushing boulders onto unsuspecting monsters, or triggering an explosive in their location.
Another trailer that surfaced online focused more on Link's battle styles using different weapons from range to melee types. In the video, Link was seen using a bow in order to take down opponents from a distance or while floating midair. With the use of club and swords, Link smashes his enemies through close combat.
"Breath of the Wild" is the first new core entry in the "Legend of Zelda" series for consoles since 2011's "Skyward Sword." Although Nintendo has not announced the exact release date for the game, reports indicate that the game is expected to arrive for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch, which is preferably from March to August 2017.