Nintendo has just announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which will be a prequel to the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Hyrule Warriors is a spinoff series of the main franchise and it has completely different gameplay to any traditional Zelda game.

The game is a collaboration between Koei Tecmo and Nintendo. In this case, it will be a crossover between Koei’s Dynasty Warriors and Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda games.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is going to act as a prequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BoTW), in that you will experience a series of events which took place before 100 years before BoTW begins.

Unlike the previous Hyrule Warriors game, Koei has announced it will be working with the Zelda team in every step of the process, which will hopefully translate to bringing about a more faithful spinoff game.

Like previous Warriors games, such as Fire Emblem: Warriors and the first Hyrule Warriors, Age of Calamity will feature the exact same 1vs1000 type of gameplay as you hack and slash your way through swarms of enemies using flashy combos.

Nintendo wants to use the classic Warriors gameplay, pitting armies against each other, to illustrate the tumultuous events which took place before you begin playing as Link in Breath of the Wild.

Check out the full reveal video here:

For those of you who have played Breath of the Wild, you know how the story goes through cutscenes, but a lot of the battles and other details aren’t fully fleshed out.

You’ll be able to play as Link, Zelda and the other Champion characters from the Breath of the Wild as you battle to save Hyrule. But… we all know how it ends and that our heroes are destined to fail.

It seems likely there will be something of a narrative to follow along with, detailing Zelda’s journey to awakening her powers, but perhaps we will also get to see the other Champion characters like Mipha, Revali, Daruk and Urbosa fleshed out more.

The game will also feature local co-op so you can play through with a friend.

As for the sequel to Breath of the Wild? Nintendo briefly mentioned in the video that the game is still in development.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will be released on Nintendo Switch on November 20.

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