In a surprise direct video announcement that will leave fans of Zelda stunned and excited, Nintendo revealed a brand new Hyrule Warriors game in “Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity” — which acts as a prequel to their best-selling Nintendo Switch video game “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”, taking place 100 years before the events of the 2017 game.
Here’s the official press release from Nintendo:
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.
Here’s another video featuring the game’s developers Eini Aonuma and Yosuke Hayashi explaining the story.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity arrives for the Switch on November 20.