Nintendo has announced that the next Zelda game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, will be released for the Switch on November.
The game is not the eagerly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it does serve as a prequel to the events in the hit 2017 game. Set a century before Breath of the Wild, it depicts the beginning of the Great Calamity, which leads to the destruction of Hyrule.
Like the first Hyrule Warriors – released for the Wii U in 2014 and Switch in 2018 – the new game will blend hack and slash combat, light puzzling, and more hack and slash combat. Link and Zelda are playable characters, as are the four Champions; Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbosa.
The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and Koei Tecmo producer Yosuke Hayashi speak more about the new game in this introductory video.
Although it’s tempting to groan when faced with another licensed Dynasty Warriors-like from Koei Tecmo, developer Omega Force has proved with Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors that it can raise its game when working on Nintendo properties. Age of Calamity also looks that part, replicating Breath of the Wild‘s distinctive art style.
Players who pre-order the game via the Nintendo eShop who are the real champions, however. They receive a free in-game Lucky Ladle weapon.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is released on November 10, 2020.