The new trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 was impressive. However, it seems to discourage widespread hope for a playable Zelda. Probably.
When Zelda was as prominent as Link in the 2019 trailer for Breath of the Wild 2, many were hopeful that she could eventually become a playable character. But alas, despite all the magic and wonder that the new The legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 trailer, the only downside seems to be the development of reasonable doubts for a playable Zelda.
The reason for this doubt is quite simple: in the first twenty seconds of the teaser, Zelda falls showing a dark and abyssal abyss. And Link, in the next shot, almost seems to fall after her. Of course, he is dressed in different clothes and has avoided his hair tie to let his lustrous locks run freely, but Nintendo seems to want the viewer to get the impression that Link is chasing Zelda. Zelda is not even seen again for the rest of the trailer.
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A playable Zelda in a main game has been a big wish list item for fans of the series for years. The only main line The legend of Zelda the game in which you can play Zelda is Spirit Tracks, but even then, she is just a disembodied spirit that can possess enemy ghosts. Apart from fighting games like Hyrule Warriors games and Super Smash Bros., the only other games with a playable Zelda are on two CD-i games that are probably best left behind.
A playable Zelda in Breath of the Wild is still possible
Previously, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity had bolstered fans’ hopes for a playable Zelda in Breath of the Wild 2. The game features the exact same Zelda that Breath of the wild, or at least one version of it on a parallel timeline. And what is more, Hyrule Warriors seems to be canonical. Zelda is able to fight both prior to awakens his powers, with the help of incredibly imaginative uses for Sheikah Slate, and later, when he can use his bow of light and his powers of sealing. Hyrule Warriors It provided context for how this Zelda, who was already clearly a badass, could fight in a main game.
However, in 2016, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma made an incredibly discouraging statement in an interview: “If we have Princess Zelda as the main character fighting, what is Link going to do?” To ease the pain of that date, it should be noted that this was five years ago, and not has been a Zelda fight protagonist ever since with Hyrule Warriors: Era of calamity.
So technically, hope is not entirely lost. With as secretive as Nintendo has been, there could be another act of the game where the player can control Zelda. It’s also worth considering that you never see the face of that falling figure, or any figures after those first few shots of Link and Zelda. So if it’s not Link in the game’s shots, could it be Zelda? On the one hand, that loose hairstyle might fit better in Zelda’s new shorter hairstyle from the 2019 teaser, but on the other hand, the prominent tech-laden arm really points to Link. The figure also appears to be wearing Link’s boxers under the tunic in the falling sequence.
In spite of the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer pushing the excitement and speculation around the game through the roof (pun intended), players expecting a game like the princess should probably check their expectations. If nothing else, at least Zelda is able to get rid of several thousand Bokoblins in It was from calamity.
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