Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 gameplay concepts revealed in Nintendo patents


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which will undoubtedly get a much cooler name from Nintendo when the time comes, made a featured appearance in this year’s online-only E3. The trailer above made it clear that this will be an ambitious sequel to the beloved original, with Link seen in the sky and doing all kinds of interesting things; beautiful hair too, it is really a thing of beauty.

Interesting way, Gamereactor.eu delved into and uncovered patents published by Nintendo that bolster some of the fascinating features we’ve seen, and in one case gives us ideas for epic centerpieces falling into the sky.

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The patents themselves cover all the concepts and technical aspects of gameplay movements. For example, in the trailer, we see Link walk through the lower part of a platform and emerge from the top through a portal. This patent responds to this, suggesting that when conditions allow (and of course when the game makes it accessible), Link can theoretically do it with any surface. The detail explains how the game will calculate the target destination and whether there is a valid endpoint for the player to transport.

BoTW2 patent
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Then we have a rewind function, described in the patent as a return movement. This was used in many games of various types, and in a Legend of Zelda game could be used for interesting puzzles and dungeon designs, and could also be quite enjoyable if integrated into combat.

BoTW23 patent
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Finally, a patent addresses different approaches to link drop, which is more important than it looks. It shows paragliding, of course, and also a style of skydiving as was highlighted in the trailer. Link is also shown changing his stance / positioning, and the patent talks about all of this in relation to how the archery mechanism will be implemented for each stance. Again, this sets up some potentially exciting footage that would go beyond anything that was done in the original.

It’s interesting to see these patents and consider just how ready this new entry looks to shake up and evolve the formula. Considering the impact of the original and how it revolutionized the franchise, it’s exciting to consider that Nintendo seems keen on pushing its ideas further.

Let us know what you think, as always, in the comments!


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