Nintendo and Koei Tecmo have announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Switch, an action game set 100 years before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It will launch on November 20 for $59.99.
Pre-orders for the digital edition include the in-game item “Lucky Ladle,” which is one of the weapons Link can use. You can equip this for battle (paired with a Pot Lid), or fuse it with other weapons to boost your stats.
Here is an overview of the game, via Nintendo and Nintendo.com:
A century before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, the Great Calamity occurred. Hyrule was plunged into darkness, devastated by an evil force which transformed the kingdom forever. While the Great Calamity is touched on in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, fans have never experienced what happened before that catastrophic event… until now.
In the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game, players will be transported to the time before the Great Calamity happened, participating in epic battles against a backdrop of familiar locations in Hyrule before they were destroyed. The game stars recognizable characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild like Link and Zelda, as well as other characters like the four Champions, who will be playable for the very first time in the Hyrule Warriors series.
Hyrule Warriors: The Age of Calamity features gameplay that will be familiar to fans of the Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors games. Focused on performing combos and over-the-top special abilities, the action-heavy gameplay is fast-paced and strategic, perfect for players looking for an intense, non-stop action game with direct ties to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In addition to all the action, the game is loaded with a robust story that depicts the events, relationships and dramatic moments of the Great Calamity in captivating detail.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity finds plenty of inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—not just in its visual style. Many of the most popular and fan-favorite characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are playable, including Link and Zelda. In addition to hacking and slashing their way through swarms of enemies to defend Hyrule, players will also solve environmental puzzles, unlock weapons and skills, craft materials, visit shops to obtain items, and use the power of the Sheikah Slate, which fans will recognize from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
See Hyrule 100 years before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game and experience the events of the Great Calamity.
Join the struggle that brought Hyrule to its knees. Learn more about Zelda, the four Champions, the King of Hyrule and more through dramatic cutscenes as they try to save the kingdom from Calamity. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game is the only way to firsthand see what happened 100 years ago.
Battle Hordes of Hyrule’s Most Formidable Foes
From barbaric Bokoblins to towering Lynels, Ganon’s troops have emerged in droves. Playable heroes like Link, Zelda and more must use their distinct abilities to carve through hundreds of enemies to save Hyrule from the impending Calamity.
More information will be announced on September 26.
Regarding the June 2019-announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma said the following in a developer video: “Regarding the sequel, in order to make the vast world you enjoyed exploring in the original game even more impressive, the team is working hard on its development, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer before we can provide more updates.”