Breath of the Wild 2 is one of the most highly anticipated Switch games on the horizon, a follow-up to one of the most critically acclaimed Zelda games ever. The Nintendo Switch launch title is one of the best rated Metacritic games ever, and the only Zelda adventure ranked higher is N64 classic The Ocarina of Time. However, it has recently been revealed that the Zelda series could have gone down an altogether different – and much darker – route.
As revealed in a post on Shinesparkers, artwork for Retro Studios’ cancelled Zelda project has been unearthed.
The striking artwork was created between 2005 and 2008 and is unlike anything ever seen in the Zelda series.
The newly released images depict, among other things, a petrified Deku Tree, a Dark Gerudo tribe as well as other bizarre, fantastical landscapes.
The now scrapped Zelda project was meant to depict an origin story for the Master Sword and was set within the “bad” ending timeline branch for Zelda.
This would have seen the Hero of Time fail to defeat Ganon in Ocarina.
In this massive departure for the series, Link is nowhere to be seen with a male Sheik instead stepping into the shoes of the lead character.
The artwork was created by ex-Retro Studios contract artist Sammy Hall and was shared on ArtStation.
The concept art has since been taken down, however a post from Eurogamer revealed one message Hall wrote alongside a gallery that was on the site.
Hall posted: “Fun pre-pre-pre-production origin story of the Master Sword.
“[Set] within the bad ending of Ocarina of Time exploring the last male Sheik’s (after a genocidal ethnic-cleansing) journey transforming into the Master Sword. All while the Dark Gerudo are giving their 100 year birth to Ganon.”
The artwork shows an interesting route the Zelda series could have gone down if things had turned out differently.
It looks like the artwork was created during a period of experimentation for the Zelda series.
Hall’s artwork was created following the release of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess – two vastly different looking games.
The news comes as the ongoing wait for Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 rumbles on.
Fans had been left wondering if the Nintendo Direct that typically takes place around E3 would have revealed more details on BoTW 2.
But recent reports have suggested that the Direct that was planned for June has been pushed back, with it possibly only taking place now at the end of summer.
As the wait for more Breath of the Wild 2 news rumbles on Nintendo has not given any extra clues in their latest financial results as to when BoTW 2 will be out.
The fiscal report published this week once again reaffirmed that Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, along with Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4, have TBA (to be announced) release dates.