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BOTW2 Is Officially The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Launches in May

The Nintendo Direct has ended with a bang. The game casually referred to as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (BOTW2) was shown off once again, but finally, after all the speculation, the game now has an official title: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The Tears of the Kingdom release date is May 12, 2023, as revealed in a new trailer that arrived at the Nintendo Direct.

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Here is the official news from Nintendo:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: In addition to the vast lands of Hyrule, the latest entry in the storied Legend of Zelda series will take you up into the skies and an expanded world that goes beyond that! Look forward to Link’s massive adventure starting again when The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, drops for Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.

We get to see Link dive into the sky just like in Skyward Sword. He landed on some mechanical flying apparatus, so don’t expect to pilot an actual bird. Link also showed off his climbing abilities, in addition to utilizing gravity powers to launch upwards with a rock. I can’t wait to see what new abilities Link will gain in this game!

Finally, check out this sick promotional art for the adventure:

Tears of the Kingdom


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Arthur Damian has been covering the video game industry for over ten years, and joined The Escapist in 2022. He is a huge fan of platformers, indies, and fighting games, and strives to cover them for The Escapist every chance he gets. Arthur received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Brooklyn College in 2009. He is also the Editor-in-Chief over at That VideoGame Blog. When he isn’t writing, Arthur enjoys playing games on his Switch and PlayStation 5, and sings the praises of the greatest video game ever, Chrono Trigger, to anyone who will listen.