RUMOR: Zelda: Breath of the Wild May Not be a Launch Title

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild


There is a new rumor that the scope of Link’s biggest adventure yet, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is making localization take longer than expected. According to Emily Rogers, localization should finish in December. She also said that the game will require “four-to-six months of testing” after that.

In a recent blog post, she wrote:

“In early September, I heard rumblings that the localization for the game was becoming more work than anyone had anticipated. They have to localize all of the game’s text, NPCs, quests, etc. Then, around October, I received another update that Zelda’s localization was still not going as smoothly as planned. ‘A very ambitious game, maybe even too much’ claimed one particular source.”

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Opinion 1


If Zelda: Breath of the Wild ends up not being a launch title for the Nintendo Switch, this will indeed be sad news for fans. The extra wait won’t be too long, but if it’s necessary it’s necessary. Of course if this turns out to be true, another consequence is that the launch lineup for the Nintendo Switch will be weaker as a result.

Unfortunately, there is more to the story than just that. Rogers also added that more sources have come forward in November:

“That brings us to the month of November. More sources have now come forward and corroborated my information. 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.”

Nintendo Switch


After the game’s huge showing at E3 2016, Nintendo simply said the game would launch in 2017. However, they never explicitly said it would be launching in March alongside the Nintendo Switch (as the press and fans alike have largely assumed). Emily Rogers also stated that she has heard from sources that Zelda: Breath of the Wild is “running more smoothly” on the Nintendo Switch in comparison to the Wii U version. That doesn’t come as the most surprising thing in the world since the Nintendo Switch is the more powerful system.

Rogers thinks it is unlikely the game will make the Nintendo Switch launch window, saying:

“Based on what I’ve heard, I have no reason to believe that Breath of the Wild will be a March title. There’s a much higher chance of Breath of the Wild being a summer 2017 game.”

Hopefully this rumor isn’t true, but regardless of it fans will hold on to hope until Nintendo makes an official announcement in the coming months.





About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general).

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called Pre-Computer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode (a bare-bones version of BASIC) which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer, which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the Unity 3D game engine (a powerful and easy-to-use engine) and learning 3D modelling in Blender.

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.