At The Game Awards last night, Nintendo took the spotlight for some great new sneak peeks at the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Included was a Let’s Play video featuring Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff playing Breath of the Wild, as well as a brand new trailer, titled “Life in the Ruins.”
Hoo boy is that beautiful. Let’s go over some bits and bobs here and there. The trailer opens, and repeatedly shows glimpses of what appears to be scrawls depicting a legend on some Sheikah tapestry, with the paint dancing and moving around. Containing scrawled scenes of villagers farming and cooking, we begin to see the game’s denizens at work and the “Life in the Ruins.” Whether it’s soldiers patrolling, guards defending against attacking Bokoblins, or farmers at work tending to their crops, the world of Breath of the Wild is alive and breathing. Not only is this land vast and expansive, Link is not the only one striving for survival.
Kicking up the octane, we find Link (and homie you BEST believe I saw that Master Sword on his back there!!) coming face-to-face with a bizarre birded creature aboard an extremely curious mechanical bird-ship thingy. Whatever war or calamity is depicted in the scrolls, we lay witness to the devastating aftermaths in a dreadful wasteland. The imagery of the ice-cold Guardians patrolling, lazering and tearing the land asunder is poignant and alien; evoking War of the Worlds. There is hope, however. In garb markedly similar to Link’s, a lady can be seen aiding Link and preparing for the oncoming. Her face was deliberately kept off-screen, so though the implication is that this is the titular Zelda, the possibility of the big N pulling a jape on us is not unlikely.
Accompanying this trailer, as mentioned, was a gameplay demonstration packed with hijinks from the Nintendo Treehouse.
On their quest to find a certain special shrine, they must choose their path; go in swords a-blazing, or to sneak around the back picking foes off with a bow. And these enemies are tough. One dramatic strike chunked 7 hearts from Bill’s HP, immediately letting us know they might be in over their heads. These guys mean business, and if you are not properly geared up and prepared, then there is a hearty chance you will need to think carefully as you approach enemy territory in Breath of the Wild.