Update #2: And it's live!
Update #1: The demo has been leaked on the Switch news feed, but it's not available to download yet.
Original Story [Tue 27th Oct, 2020 16:30 GMT]: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is out on Switch in less than a month, but a tweet from Kelios on Twitter (thanks Game Revolution) — which features apparent screen-grabs of a page from Nintendo's Korean website — suggests that a playable demo of the game is incoming.
According to the page (which now leads to an error message), the demo will be released alongside a new trailer for the game and a bunch of new details about the return to the Hyrule of the past — one we first visited in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
According to online translations and further investigation, you'll be able to play through the title's prologue and carry your progress over to the full game should you decide that, yes, I do want to explore Hyrule again, thank you. Take a look at the relevant tweets below, along with the rather amusing (and potentially spoiler-y) translation courtesy of Google:
While none of this has been confirmed officially, it certainly seems a solid sales tactic to employ and would likely hook people back into the world of Breath of the Wild who may have been sitting on the fence until Koei Tecmo's game is out. People seemed to enjoy the Pikmin 3 Deluxe demo which became available without warning — and this is Zelda!
If a demo for HWAOC (the acronym that nobody's using) is going to drop before release, we'd expect to see it soon; Age of Calamity is launching in less than a month's time on 20th November.
Would you be up for dipping your toe into Age of Calamity with a demo? Is a taster pointless to you because you've had your pre-order in since it was first announced? Let us know with a comment below.