Revealed at the very end of Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct livestream, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will launch for the Switch console on May 12, 2023. The game was available for preorder at Amazon and Best Buy for $59.99 at the time of writing.
Little is known about TOTK‘s gameplay or storyline at this point, though its brief trailer features snippets of a stunning aerial world above Hyrule with lush floating islands and a flying bird-shaped platform. We also might’ve gotten a glimpse at a new Sheikah Slate rune that lets Link ride boulders (?) like an elevator (???)
“In addition to the vast lands of Hyrule, the latest entry in the storied Legend of Zelda series will take you up into the skies and an expanded world that goes beyond that!” Nintendo teased in a press release.
TOTK was originally slated for a 2022 release, but the gaming giant announced its delay to spring 2023 back in March. Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma apologized to fans in a video update at the time, explaining that its dev team needed more time “[i]n order to make this game’s experience something special.” Here’s hoping it’s exactly that.