Nintendo has revealed the first gameplay footage from the highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild today, two years after the game was first revealed in a story-teasing trailer at E3 2019.
Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma said that “development has been steadily progressing” on the game, which is now targeting a 2022 release window. This time around, the “setting has been expanded to include the skies above Hyrule,” a move highlighted by Link falling through the clouds to an island below at the trailer’s introduction (a scene that brings Skyward Sword to mind).
The brief trailer teases a few new and upgraded abilities, including Link phasing through solid rock to rise up through the bottom of a floating island and freezing a giant spiked cement ball to roll it back at the enemies who sent it. The trailer concludes with scenes of a castle being violently ripped from the ground and suspended mid-air in a field of wispy red miasma.