How many times can one game be delayed? I suppose it’s not fair to label that burden onto The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild just yet. Especially with The Last Guardian releasing in about a month. But yet, here again today, rumors are gestating that the Switch launch date isn’t in the cards for the next Zelda outing.
“It’s probably larger than Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Wind Waker combined.”
Both Eurogamer and popular Nintendo blogger Emily Rogers are circulating the suggested delay. But really, is the game actually delayed? Nintendo has never suggested anything other than a “2017” release for the ambitious open world game. It’s all of us on the fan side of things that (hopefully) assumed the game will be paired with the release of the Nintendo Switch in March.
Here is what Rogers said that she has been hearing from her sources. Emily nailed many aspects of Nintendo’s Switch presentation before it was official:
“They’ve told me that localization for Breath of the Wild might not be finished until the end of December. After localization is completed, this game will require between (at least) four-to-six months of testing. As I mentioned earlier, this is one of Nintendo’s largest and most ambitious games ever. The amount of testing required for a huge open-world game like this is enormous. Nintendo’s intention is to have the game as bug free as possible.”
Eurogamer states that they’ve confirmed much of the same:
“Eurogamer had separately been told of the same schedule, as Nintendo is committed to launching the game in as close to perfect a state as possible after so long in development.”
At this point, there’s nothing we’re going to get from Nintendo before the Switch presentation in January. So just keep your fingers crossed that if Breath of the Wild isn’t ready by March, Nintendo’s been secretly developing a Super Mario title for the last few years that is ready to roll.