Nintendo has been surprising fans left and right with unexpected announcements. Just last week, a surprise Nintendo Direct revealed a number of upcoming events and releases celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. franchise. But today, Nintendo revealed they weren't done yet for 2020.
2017's award-winning open-world adventure The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took place in a Kingdom of Hyrule long devastated by an event known only as "the Calamity," when the dark beast Ganon triumphed over the forces of good led by Link, Zelda and the four Champions. As Link, players explored a devastated world and learned more about just what had happened as they gathered the strength to take down Calamity Ganon once and for all.
Now, a newly announced title, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, will finally explore what happened 100 years before Breath of the Wild. Developed by Koei Tecmo Games, this new installment in the Hyrule Warriors sub-series will tell the story of the Calamity using signature Warriors gameplay. Single fighters including Link, Zelda, and the Champions will face down hordes of Ganon's forces at once. You'll have to defeat the likes of Moblins, Guardians and even fearsome Lynels if you want to reach Ganon before it's too late.
Age of Calamity will tell an all-new story featuring an exciting roster of playable characters with unique play styles, including the Champions Mipha the Zora, Daruk the Goron, Revali the Rito, and Urbosa the Gerudo chieftain. Players can even team up and face Ganon together using local multiplayer options.
This new title will release for the Nintendo Switch on November 20, 2020. Digital pre-orders are available now via the official Hyrule Warriors website. Pre-orders will come with the Lucky Ladle, an exclusive weapon for Link.
We knew that we were eventually getting a Breath of the Wild sequel - but who could have expected a prequel? Let us know what you think!