Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 release date news – Long wait for next BoTW 2 update from Nintendo?
Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games on the horizon, but since the reveal during E3 last year news has been few and far between. The closest Switch fans have got to official updates from the House of Mario are the reveals of development artwork and comments from the dev team in job listings. And as fans wait for more news on Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 it seems the next update will be taking place during an upcoming Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo in March held a Nintendo Direct Mini which was Mini all but in name, clocking in just shy of the length of a typical full-fat Direct.
This broadcast from Ninty covered Switch releases all the way up till the end of the first half of this year, with the Q3 and Q4 schedule a complete mystery.
It’s possible Nintendo could reveal more about Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, and the rest of their Switch line-up for 2020, in their next major Direct.
Which could be their June Direct which is held around the time that E3 is scheduled for.
With so much mystery about what Switch fans have in store for the second half of the year a blowout in a Direct around June time makes sense.
This radio silence about the Q3 and Q4 schedule could be because Nintendo have some major surprises in store, and it also gives them flexibility.
Rumours had originally pointed towards BoTW 2 having a holiday 2020 release date, but leakers then said development was taking longer than anticipated.
Which meant the Breath of the Wild sequel could be getting pushed back to 2021 and replaced with another big title such as a new Mario Kart game.
By keeping schtum about their release schedule for the latter half of 2020 it gives Ninty the flexibility to drop BoTW 2 around then if development speeds up.
Either way, even if Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 does end up getting released in 2021 an update in the June Direct seems a likely scenario.
It has been almost a year since news of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 first broke
However, it has been claimed that the Direct that was pencilled in for around the time of the now cancelled E3 2020 could be getting delayed.
The news comes courtesy of VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, who correctly revealed Ninty’s Direct plans for last month early.
Grubb correctly called that Nintendo would hold an indie Direct followed by a more comprehensive broadcast.
And the journalist accurately predicted the weeks that Nintendo were going to hold these streams in March before they were officially announced.
Grubb did say the main broadcast being held in March was a Nintendo Direct, and not a Direct Mini as it ended up being.
But, as we mentioned earlier, that broadcast was a lengthy stream that clocked in almost as long as last September’s proper Nintendo Direct.
And following Grubb’s accurate predictions in March, the GamesBeat reporter has revealed the June Direct could be getting delayed.
Grubb made the comments while quoting a tweet from Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad.
Ahmad had tweeted that a lot of announcements planned for E3 have now been moved out of that week in June – with some earlier and others later.
Adding to this in a post online Grubb said: “Japanese companies are having a really tough time with the transition to WFH. This is less of a problem for PlayStation, which is basically an American/European outfit now. But stuff like the expected June Direct from Nintendo is far more uncertain than it was.”
Grubb was then asked on Twitter when the Nintendo Direct could be brought forward as a result.
The VentureBeat reporter posted: “Probably not early. It might not get pushed, but that is more likely right now.”
This, of course, remains to be seen – but if the June Direct does end up being delayed it could mean and even longer wait for BoTW 2 news.
The next major Nintendo Direct is also expected to reveal more on Ninty’s plans to commemorate Mario’s 35th birthday this year.
The landmark in September is expected to be marked with the release of a new Super Mario All Stars-style collection.
This would feature HD remasters for the Switch of classic Mario titles such as Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy.