Zelda: The Tears of the Kingdom: All We Learn

Total The Legend of Zelda: Kingdom’s Tears It was recently leaked online Over a week before the game’s May 12 release date. Now some gamers are working their way through it and broadcasting their journey for all to see while hackers comb through the game files for more clues. As a result, we’ve already learned a lot about Nintendo The most anticipated Switch game of the year.

Spoiler warning: We’ll digress from the story info below but obviously anyone who wants to go into Tears of the Kingdom with limited knowledge of what to expect should probably turn around.

One of the big takeaways so far is that Kingdom Tears even bigger From what any of the trailers and previews have indicated so far. While the main surface map is borrowed from breath of woed, floating and sprawling islands underground area Effectively expand the map with two additional vertical layers. There are also some welcome additions to the previous game’s formula as well as some disappointments. This is what players have discovered so far.

The game begins with Link in full force

You may have wondered how Link moved from the position of power in the end Breath of the Wild To go back to the three hearts again at the beginning Kingdom Tears. The answer is basically that it gets on Metroided. The game begins with Zelda and him (all twenty heart containers intact) exploring an underground tunnel only to discover Ganon’s desiccated remains.

Then the Demon King swells back to life and creates a giant hole in which Zelda and Link fall into. As the princess descends to a mysterious fate, Link is pulled back through a portal by a magic arm. Then he wakes up on one of the floating islands With no powers and only a little health, he’s ready to set off on a new adventure.

Dungeons confirmed, sort of

Perhaps the most requested feature is missing from Breath of the Wild He was Traditional dungeons. Kingdom Tears It seems to have Five temples and a sixth dungeon make up Gannon Castle. Hackers have already located layout data for some of these sites that show multiple levels. Similar to the previous zeldas, each temple seems to have an initial puzzle area leading to it.

Once entered, a special Companion ability that matches the Temple element helps players solve puzzles that lead to a familiar boss battle. I’ve seen parts of the Wind and Fire Temple trickle in, and while it may not be as intricate as some of the more famous mazes in the series, it does feel a bit more thematic than the first game’s divine whacks.

There are still shrines

Don’t worry, Breath of the WildThe mini puzzle playgrounds are back, and there are a bunch scattered all over the map. Some players say there are more than 100, plus all the sky islands and caves to explore.

The map of the underworld is huge

It was hinted in the launch announcement, Kingdom Tears An entire region deep below the surface of Hyrule. the map It makes it look as big as the outside world, in fact. Most of it is shrouded in darkness with areas of Link lighting up as he goes, but it appears to be sprawling. Only time will tell how packed it will be with things to discover.

Companions help in boss fights

A new generation of heroes Link will help out this time, and from the streams I’ve seen it looks like they’ll be present for at least some of the game’s boss encounters. Each one accompanies Link through their local Temple area, with a special ability that can be triggered to help with boss encounters or solve puzzles. It’s not clear how involved they are this time around, but it seems a lot closer to having an NPC ally along for the ride than it is Breath of the WildHis heroes did.

You can not rush to the end

Breath of the Wild It was old school to let Link take down Calamity Ganon right at the start of the game if players decided to. That doesn’t seem to be the case here. So far I haven’t seen any footage of players being able to trigger the final boss battle right from the beginning of the game, and it seems that while out of order temples can be processed, the end game is off. limits to the end.

There are some wild outfits

Kingdom Tears You’ll get new weapons and armor, as well as a set of amiibo costumes. Shield of the Great God Majora’s Mask amiibo back from Breath of the Wild, For example. But I also popped up on one stream just to see the link wandering to a file Giant Toonlink Costume. It was ridiculous, super creepy, and kind of amazing.

The dragons are back

Players speculated about Breath of the WildAfter flying dragons are shown at the back of a mountain range in some pre-release footage. Screenshots show that they’ll actually be back, though it’s not yet entirely clear what role they’ll have. In addition to Dinraal (Fire), Farosh (Electric) and Naydra (Ice), there are also One light and one dark dragon.

Gleeoks come in all different types

the Three-headed hydra from the original The Legend of Zelda That fans have spotted in the recent trailers already comes in several different guises. Remember us Breath of the WildVarious Lynel types So far players seem to have discovered Electric, Fire and Ice types, as well as Gleeoks baby and an elemental trio that mixes all types.

The low key music is amazing

I have received various streams of Kingdom Tears For most of the past 24 hours, though there are occasional lulls like there have been in the previous game, something about the music in general feels on another level. Like the The theme song is the ultimate sausageThe exploration paths, boss fights, and other moments feel very special and full of personality.

There may still be underwater exploration

One of the things players are most happy to discover is full diving. Unfortunately, players don’t seem to have found any new items or abilities that allow Link to explore underwater Kingdom Tears. It doesn’t seem like anyone has actually beaten the game yet, so there’s always the possibility of something hidden late in the game. For now, however, that seems to be the case Breath of the WildLack of diving will continue.

Your horses move on

a Breath of the Wild Preservation doesn’t seem to transfer much to it Kingdom Tearsbut players report that your basic horses will remain intact. And with new building mechanisms it will be more useful than ever. Link’s super hand can craft chariots and other horse-drawn vehicles. All that ranching in his past life is about to pay off.

You can’t pet dogs

Some developers, even at the big studios, have caught up with the “Can you pet the dog?A meme in games. Not Nintendo. Six years later, Kingdom Tears It adds and repeats much of the previous open world game. Show some love for pets Not them. Or maybe Link just hates dogs.

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