Update: Reviews are live, and as far as the critics are concerned, TOTK is a winner:

Polishing off the last few shrines and giving Calamity Ganon what for in the final battle of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a bittersweet act. After such a wonderful, rich journey it was time to bid farewell to Link, Zelda and the largest, most expansive iteration of Hyrule we’d ever visited - what were we going to do with ourselves?

Of course, we returned to devour the DLC and burn across the kingdom on our motorcycle while vacuuming up several hundred Korok seeds, but then began the wait for the next 'proper' Zelda game. Sure, in the intervening time we've had Cadence of Hyrule, the Link’s Awakening remake, the Skyward Sword remake, and Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity, and there are plenty of Zelda-like games available for Switch, but there’s nothing quite like a full-fat Zelda experience.

We already knew that a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild was in development after Nintendo revealed it during their E3 2019 Direct presentation. But after E3 2020 was cancelled, we didn't get another peek at the game until Nintendo's E3 2021 Direct presentation.

In March 2022, the game was delayed to Spring 2023, as series producer Eiji Aonuma took to Twitter to share a (very short) clip of the game! Then, in September 2022, Nintendo finally announced a nameThe Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — and a solid release date: May 12th, 2023. Clear that day in your calendar, pals. A second trailer finally dropped in February 2023 and gave us yet another look at the sprawling Hyrule fields and some intriguing-looking vehicles.

March 2023 gave us a detailed gameplay trailer confirmed that we'll be able to build our own vehicles, as well as Fuse our own weapons. One final trailer, however, teased more of the game's world, story, and characters. It looks like we're in for a dramatic one, folks.

So, grab that Master Sword and let’s get lost (in the woods)...

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom FAQ

When is it coming out?

12th May, 2023.

Will there be a physical version?

Absolutely — here's the box art:

Box art
Image: Nintendo

There's also going to be a Collector's Edition, which contains an artbook, SteelBook, a steel poster, and a set of four pins.

TotK Collector's Edition
Image: Nintendo

How much does it cost?

Tears of the Kingdom costs £59.99 / $69.99 / €69.99.

The Collector's Edition will set you back £109.99 / $129.99

Will there be a Tears of the Kingdom Switch OLED?

Yep! There's a lovely white, gold, and green OLED and it launched on 28th April. A special carry case and a Pro Controller will follow on 12th May.

Will there be any new amiibo?

Yes! Nintendo unveiled a brand new Tears of the Kingdom amiibo featuring Link and his rather gnarly-looking arm during the February 2023 Nintendo Direct. Take a look at it:

Tears of the Kingdom amiibo
Image: Nintendo

Will my other Zelda amiibo work with the game?

They will. All previous Zelda series amiibo will unlock materials and paraglider fabrics based on the game the amiibo is from. So, that's a nice, spooky Majora's Mask glider for us, then.

What's it about?

We're not really sure. Link seems to be in it, Zelda's in it (for a bit, at least), plus a dead guy that looks like Ganondorf, and a Hyrule that has been torn up, with many new islands being launched into the sky by... something. Something bad, presumably. And there are tears... of the... uh... kingdom. Whatever that means. Also, Link can drive more vehicles than just a motorbike now. Does he build them himself, or has Hyrule just developed much more that transport options need to improve? Who can say...

Read our unhinged and unconfirmed theories and breakdowns, if you're up for it.

Is it set in the same world as Breath of the Wild?

Yes and no. The Hyrule below seems very similar, but the islands above seem new — they're covered in yellow foliage and temples we've never seen before. This version of Hyrule does seem fairly similar, at least on the surface, but Aonuma has referred to this world as an "unfamiliar Hyrule" — whatever that means!

All we know is that Hyrule "has changed in many ways" and reaches "high into the sky". There are also lots of caves to explore, as well as plenty of floating islands, known as Sky Islands.

Is it a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild?

It was, for a long time, called "the Sequel to Breath of the Wild", and some trailers have shown Link and Zelda looking more or less like their BOTW versions... but there are also plenty of elements that could take place before BOTW, too. Nintendo has also been referring to it as a sequel to Breath of the Wild in press materials.

Is there DLC?

Slow your Eponas, pal! The game's not even out yet! But... we'd venture a guess at "yes". Eventually.

Is Zelda dead?

She might be? Although she shows up a number of times during all of the trailers, particularly in the last one, where she asks Link to "find me". Whatever that means.

Zelda takes on a few different appearances, too — in early trailers, we saw her in a tunic, whilve in the most-recent April 2023 one, she's wearing robes.

Are there dungeons?

We don't know yet, but the final trailer may well have teased a few more dungeon-y looking areas. We see a sky-high water puzzle, an underground cave, and a rather deep tunnel of lasers, all with different kinds of puzzles to solve.

In one shot, Link is seen pushing a crank, and there's also a huge orb in the sky with a hole in it, hinting at some other kind of puzzle area. We don't know for sure what these locations are, but it looks like there will be far more traditional puzzles this time around.

Tears of the Kingdom Official Trailer #3 - The final pre-launch trailer, April 2023

Tears of the Kingdom Final Trailer
Image: Nintendo

The final pre-launch trailer for Tears of the Kingdom was a big one. A huge almost four-minute blow out of details, story beats, characters, and more. It might even rival that pre-launch trailer for Breath of the Wild.

What starts off as a peaceful look at Hyrule, with the Construct living out their lives, it bursts into a vast look at the sky and land of Hyrule, complete with towns, settlements, and the rise of what looks like Hyrule Castle.

From skyships to laser tunnels to a much healthier-looking Ganondorf, there's tons to pick, but we'll highlight some of the biggest things here:

  • Hateno returns
  • The champions are back — well, some of them. There might be some new ones, too
  • Link can pull a cart on horseback
  • Link seems to have some float-y jumping ability
  • You can see Link riding a minecart in one section, a giant mechanical rock in another, and a small rocket in another part
  • There's a new variation of Lynel
  • At some point, Link seems to be in a restored version of Hyrule Castle

Tears of the Kingdom – Mr. Aonuma Gameplay Demonstration, March 2023

45 days away from release, we got a 10-minute glimpse at what you'll be able to do in Tears of the Kingdom and Hyrule.

Most of the trailer focused on the Sky Islands and showcased the many ways Link can get around, and get involved in combat. Most importantly, Link seems to have some new abilities — Recall (which allows Link to rewind time), Fuse (used to fuse items together to improve items and create weapons), Ultrahand (vehicle creation — no more Octo Balloons needed for your flying craft!), and Ascend (lets link travel upwards through solid mass).

Basically, Hyrule is a big playground to try out your new skills in. Need homing arrows for your bow? Stick a Keese Eyeball on it. What about a longer weapon? That's what sticks are for. And mushroom on a shield? Sure, why not!

You can also dive back down to the surface and aim to land in water if you happen to fall off of the Sky Islands, and eventually, we imagine you'll have a lovely flying vehicle to get around on.

Tears of the Kingdom Official Trailer #2, February 2023

February 2023 gave us a much-anticipated new look at Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and its dark and destroyed version of Hyrule.

Opening with ominous scenes of a world bathed in darkness and rain, and with the blood moon high in the sky as Hyrule Castle is destroyed, Link is given more to play with. There's no more Sheikah Slate as Link uses his hand to control matter across the lands of Hyrule.

It looks like the hero of Hyrule will have more than just Epona and the Master Cycle Zero to travel on. We don't know if the latter is in the game, but essentially what we're getting at is — vehicles! You can bet we'll be digging down deep for all of the details here.

Head over to pages two and three to read our breakdowns of the 2022 trailers, the 2021 teaser and the 2019 reveal...