Yesterday’s Nintendo Treehouse livestream event focused on two major upcoming releases: Pikmin 3 Deluxe and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. In particular, fans were treated to 25 minutes of brand new gameplay for the upcoming action prequel to the popular Nintendo Switch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Even though 25 minutes wasn’t nearly enough, we still got plenty of exciting new information regarding the highly anticipated title.
First things first. We got a closer look at how Princess Zelda and Gerudo champion Urbosa will work in combat. Urbosa is a powerful melee fighter, wielding a scimitar which she uses to devastate her enemies. Meanwhile, Zelda wields a familiar “slate” of powers – that’s right, the Princess of Hyrule will be using the tablet-like Sheikah Slate as her weapon! She can control ice, fling bombs, drag metal crates around, and even damage her enemies by taking their photos!
The Treehouse footage also confirmed that Age of Calamity will feature plenty of nods to Breath of the Wild. Most unexpectedly, the adorable Koroks will be hidden around various stages and can be discovered as you play through the game. While it hasn’t yet been confirmed what reward players will receive for uncovering hidden Koroks, in the original Breath of the Wild they served a valuable purpose as a means of expanding Link’s inventory.
In addition to gameplay, fans got to see how the in-game map will work. Players will use Sheikah Towers – a returning mechanic from Breath of the Wild – to travel to various locations around Hyrule. One gameplay segment even showed Link battling in what appears to be Lon Lon Ranch, a familiar location from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which appeared in ruins during Wild.
Plus, the towers can be used to travel to various helpful locations such as blacksmiths, which can be used to create and enhance weapons. Best of all, weapons in Age of Calamity will not break – so you can feel free to challenge hordes of enemies with no fear!
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will release for the Nintendo Switch on November 20, 2020.