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Forums - Nintendo Discussion - Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity announced, taking place100 years before Breath of the Wild (releases November 20th, 2020)

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I don't really take what Aonuma said as BOTW2 being further away than we think. I took it as, well we have to say something about it if we are going to announce this prequel/spinoff. I think Spring next year is a very real possibility, holiday more likely though. I sincerely doubt we will have to wait until 2022.

I am wondering though, maybe we will still get a December title. If we don't, I'm honestly okay, like I said in my previous post, this game alone makes the year golden.
But I was thinking about those rumors of the 2D Metroid. They were always paired with Paper Mario and many Mario re-releases (which all came true). Perhaps 2D Metroid is the December game? I wouldn't be surprised at this point if that is the case, but I would be at the same time.



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Hmm ...
Not day 1 as this will likely drop in price given a bit of time.
I enjoyed HW on WiiU and put a bunch of hours into it, still didn't come close to 100%.

The real question in my mind is "for those that aren't in the know, will this game be damaging to the mainline series?" BOTW gained many new fans and if some of these new fans pick this game up expecting a similar experience to BOTW will it make them pass on BOTW2 when they encounter an experience so far removed from BOTW? I mean we know what to expect but I can see some of the new players feeling ripped off with this purchase... What do you guys think?



Tecmo Koei have become a very useful partner to Nintendo's in recent years.
Hyrule Warriors, Fatal Frame 5, Fire Emblem Warriors, Three Houses, now this.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

curl-6 said:
xMetroid said:

That would be way too late imo. Even botw was shown every year starting 2014 even if it got delayed several time. If they do only show it at E3 then it won't release until november next year or even 2022. Zelda have long marketing cycle. Also the rumors of a Switch pro coming mid next year, i'm assuming they would release it with a big game like Link's awakening for Lite and Botw for Switch. Only make sense they would release Botw 2 with it.

But uncertain time with covid, you could be right. But i don't want to wait that long lmao.

Oh believe me I don't want to wait that long either haha, I'm just bracing myself after what happened with BOTW (Nearly 3 years from reveal to release) and the impact of COVID plus the Zelda's team typically slow pace.

At least this game it being primarily handled by Tecmo Koei, so it shouldn't tie up too much manpower from the Zelda team, plus Monolith Soft are on hand to help out with BOTW2 development.

Age of Calamity should tide me over for a while personally as far as getting my Zelda fix.

Yea same, with Age of Calamity i don't mind if it releases end of next year now. And yea Botw took longer but with the engine and story established it would be weird if they had issues in the development or get delayed 3 years lmao. I do think they are working hard to surpass the first game and make it fresh. With the prequel now, i'm just sure something will happen to the overworld or story that will be drastically different. They wouldn't push to make a prequel with the champions in hyrule if the sequel was going to stay in the same ground and release like a year after that. So this is exciting to me. Hopefully a big change in atmosphere.



curl-6 said:
Tecmo Koei have become a very useful partner to Nintendo's in recent years.
Hyrule Warriors, Fatal Frame 5, Fire Emblem Warriors, Three Houses, now this.

Maybe they will buy them eventually. I'm sure TK were happy as hell when Aonuma reached out with this Age of Calamity idea. They will make so much money out of it.



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xMetroid said:
curl-6 said:
Tecmo Koei have become a very useful partner to Nintendo's in recent years.
Hyrule Warriors, Fatal Frame 5, Fire Emblem Warriors, Three Houses, now this.

Maybe they will buy them eventually. I'm sure TK were happy as hell when Aonuma reached out with this Age of Calamity idea. They will make so much money out of it.

I kinda doubt they'll buy them, but they've definitely got a mutually beneficial arrangement going. They also let Namco Bandai work on the last two Smash games, Pokken Tournament, and New Pokemon Snap. It's good to see Nintendo working well with third parties.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

So, the holiday game is a musou, that's usually niche. Well, it will be the best sold ever musou game. Interesting to see.
It would also help to move botw and vice versa, specially for new owners.
It will interesting to see.



The_Yoda said:

The real question in my mind is "for those that aren't in the know, will this game be damaging to the mainline series?" BOTW gained many new fans and if some of these new fans pick this game up expecting a similar experience to BOTW will it make them pass on BOTW2 when they encounter an experience so far removed from BOTW? I mean we know what to expect but I can see some of the new players feeling ripped off with this purchase... What do you guys think?

I don't think there's much danger of that.

It's not like it's called "The Legend of Zelda: Age of Calamity", the title clearly indicates it's a spinoff.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

This will probably go on to be the best-selling Koei Tecmo developed game ever. I think Nioh at 2,9 mil is the current record holder?
Judging by how the trailer has been recieved and BotW being as huge as it is, this should beat those numbers with ease.



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UnderwaterFunktown said:
This will probably go on to be the best-selling Koei Tecmo developed game ever. I think Nioh at 2,9 mil is the current record holder?
Judging by how the trailer has been recieved and BotW being as huge as it is, this should beat those numbers with ease.

If 2.9 million is how much Nioh sold, then I'm pretty sure Three Houses has passed it at this point. It shipped an additional 290k in the January-March quarter which brought its total to 2.87 million. I'm pretty sure it's over 3 million by now.

Either way, I too believe that AoC will break the current record with relative ease.