Nintendo announces Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a prequel to Breath of the Wild

If you kept up with the lore from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, then you know that 100 years ago Zelda, Link, and the four warriors of Hyrule lead an army against the forces of Calamity Ganon and… lost pretty badly. Breath of the Wild takes place in a ruined world set far after the events of that deadly war.

Unfortunately, largescale military combat isn’t quite the genre for Zelda games. It is, however, the genre for Dynasty Warriors games. That’s why this story will be told in the new Hyrule Warriors game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. It’s set 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild and recalls the events that led Calamity Ganon to take over the sentinels, destroy Hyrule Kingdom, and rise to power.

This info comes directly from Eiji Aonuma, producer for the Legend of Zelda series. He also said that the team is hard at work at Breath of the Wild’s sequel, but they need to take a bit longer to expand the world. Nintendo has been hit pretty hard by the COVID pandemic, so it’s understandable.

KOEI TECMO will be developing the title and it will feature their iconic Musou style gameplay. However, the rest of the gameplay will be quite different from the original Hyrule Warriors. They mentioned that Breath of the Wild broke Zelda conventions, and so Age of Calamity will too. For one, it will be less cartoony than the original Hyrule Warriors. It is also being developed closely with the original BOTW team to make sure it looks and feels like BOTW.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will launch on November 20.