The E3 showcase might have had a few surprises tucked away in the form of new releases and announcements, but that didn’t mean that eyebrows couldn’t be raised by previously-announced titles. During this year’s E3, Nintendo unveiled some new footage for the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
As well as an official trailer for the upcoming action-adventure, the Nintendo Treehouse episode also included a demo, giving fans a look at the new additions Breath of the Wild brings to Nintendo’s beloved franchise. The game’s opening saw series protagonist Link floating asleep in a strange, ancient Shrine, awakened by a mysterious voice who appears to guide the player throughout the game’s introduction.
The upcoming game introduces the ability to gain health from food items, rather than finding hearts in grass to replenish health. You’ll also be able to create numerous concoctions and recipes to bolster Link’s abilities, with one recipe shown in the demo to temporarily increase the player’s speed and stamina whilst sprinting; a nifty addition to aid encounters with Zelda’s innumerable beasties. Enemies now also exist within camps throughout the game world, with players now able to scavenge their weapons to use on their travels.
The introduction demo is available to watch below.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was originally scheduled for release in 2016, but has recently been pushed back until 2017. The game will be released for the Nintendo Wii U, as well as Nintendo’s upcoming console, the code-named NX. According to a tweet sent by Nintendo, both versions of the game will release at the same time. According to franchise Head Eiji Aonuma, players “will be able to have the same experience in the NX version as they do with the Wii U version.” A specific release date has yet to be confirmed.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) April 27, 2016