Nintendo are full of surprises this month with announcements coming out of the blue. The latest is Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a follow up to Hyrule Warriors, but set 100 years before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s coming out for Nintendo Switch on 20th November.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity builds on the hack and slash action of the first Hyrule Warriors game, but adopts some of the visual stylings of Breath of the Wild. You’ll be able to play as many characters from that game, including Link and Zelda and likely also the four Champions as well. You battle swarms of enemies to defend Hyrule, while also solving environmental puzzles, unlocking weapons, crafting, and even using the Sheikah Slate.
The game will hopefully fill the void for those waiting patiently for the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel that was announced back at E3 2019. That game will likely still be a little while away, with series producer Eiji Aonuma explaining in the video that the team are working hard to fill the world with even more detail than the last game. However, while that game will take the story forward, Age of Calamity can wind things back to the compelling backstory of Breath of the Wild to depict the epic battle that saw Hyrule fall and Link locked in stasis. A Warriors style game would be the perfect form for that to take with epic battles and bombastic heroes striding into the fray.
The first Hyrule Warriors came out for Wii U all the way back in 2014, then as a swansong release for the 3DS that also introduced Linkle, the first female Link. It was an unlikely marriage of genre and game series, but one that worked, with Koei Tecmo able to explore the breadth of the Zelda game series and incorporate numerous characters. By contrast, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity shifts from the broader franchise to tying in with one of the series’ most successful games to date.
In our original Hyrule Warriors review for Wii U, we said:
“This might not be The Legend of Zelda we know, but it’s a faithful marriage between the Zelda series and the incredibly fun gameplay of the Warriors series. It’s not the next step in the Zelda timeline, but rather an off-kilter non-canon entry which effectively acts as a party with all of your favourite people present. It’s a hell of a lot more niche – only really appealing to Zelda fans who don’t mind a big change in the gameplay style – but Hyrule Warriors is to Zelda what Mario Kart is to the Super Mario series, and that’s brilliant news for dedicated fans.”
Hyrule Warriors was then one of the first Wii U games to be given a fresh release on Nintendo Switch, the newer console able to handle the big battles much better, combining the merits of the Wii U game with some of the additions made for the 3DS version. It’s still a solid shout for fans of the Warriors style hack and slash, and fans of Zelda in general. Might help while away some of the time as we wait for Age of Calamity.
Source: press release