Breath of the Wild’s prequel has time journey, right here’s why it issues

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has a brand new eShop demo accessible for obtain, which provides gamers a style of the upcoming hack-and-slash sport. Whereas a lot of the demo has you combating by means of droves of Bokoblins, the opening of the demo teases some tantalizing potentialities for the whole lot of the sport.

Within the preliminary cutscene, Age of Calamity begins up within the future, when Zelda stops Ganon from persevering with his rampage on Hyrule. That is notable as a result of technically, Age of Calamity is meant to be a prequel.

However when Zelda’s energy awakens in the course of the cinematic, we see a mini guardian activate after which all of the sudden hop right into a portal. The portal takes the tyke to the previous, the place the occasions of Age of Calamity happen. Time journey is nothing new for the Zelda franchise — in Majora’s Masks, it’s a mechanic unto itself. However the purpose this can be a curious determination for Age of Calamity is that it means we will’t assume what is going to occur in the course of the course of the sport.

This complete time, followers have thought the prequel would inevitably finish in tragedy. In any case, in Breath of the Wild, the champions are long-dead. In Age of Calamity, the champions are all alive and gearing as much as defend Hyrule from Ganon’s risk.

If time journey is on the desk, the builders at Koei Tecmo don’t must observe the occasions that lead into Breath of the Wild in any respect. They may, in reality, simply open up a brand new timeline by which one thing else occurs altogether. Already, by altering the parable tapestry we see firstly of Breath of the Wild, there’s hypothesis that Age of Calamity would possibly introduce extra champions — the unique imagery solely confirmed one champion per Divine Beast. Now there’s two! What does it imply? Will the champions win towards Ganon this time? Nevermind, after all, that the mini guardian that places all the pieces into movement doesn’t even exist in Breath of the Wild.

What’s extra, knowledge miners who’ve perused by means of the sport recordsdata have discovered icons belonging to quite a lot of shocking (and spoilery) character inclusions. Whereas these icons might imply something and don’t essentially suggest we’ll have the ability to play as these figures, the mix of time journey and their obvious inclusion within the sport signifies that something is feasible.

Buckle up. Age of Calamity, out on Nov. 20 for the Nintendo Swap, could also be a trip.

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