Zelda Tears of the Kingdom peut-il devenir aussi culte que Breath of the Wild ?

In May 2023, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom faces its greatest challenge yet – to be as iconic as its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This is no small feat for Nintendo’s biggest exclusive of 2023, as creating a sequel in the gaming industry has always been a risk-laden exercise, with each new release having to find its own unique solutions and strategies to stand out and make a name for itself. To shed light on what it will take for Tears of the Kingdom to shine and not remain in the shadow of its predecessor, we look at its goals and objectives.

The fear of Breath of the Wild 1.5 is a common criticism amongst sequels. Similarly, Tears of the Kingdom faces the danger of becoming too similar to Breath of the Wild. However, Nintendo has an advantage: Breath of the Wild’s core principle was freedom, which allowed players to approach the game as they wished, making each experience unique. This foundation needs to be replicated in Tears of the Kingdom to continue the franchise’s success.

During E3 2019, Nintendo announced that Tears of the Kingdom would be a direct sequel to Breath of the Wild. This presents a risky endeavour as the story will need to build upon its predecessor while not losing its identity. However, Nintendo appears to have the necessary ingredients for a sequel that enhances and evolves the story while avoiding fan disappointment and avoiding critiques. The team is refining the geography while utilising the story to modify the topography, resulting in a world familiar yet entirely new. Ultimately, success will be determined by whether Tears of the Kingdom can carve out its identity and be recognised as a unique sequel.