This morning, Reggie Fils-Aimé, president and COO of Nintendo of America, appeared on a livestream directly from the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) show floor to present viewers with a first look at what’s in store for The Legend of Zelda franchise. Nintendo has prided itself on making each year’s E3 presentation unique, and it is going the extra mile this year by dedicating almost 30,000 square feet to immerse visitors in a single game.
Fils-Aimé points stated, “three decades ago, the first Zelda changed the way millions of people thought about video games. And this week, you’ll discover a game that could change that thinking again.” Then a reveal trailer was shown, revealing the full title of the new game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Breath of the Wild is an entirely new format for a Zelda game, featuring a vibrant open world where getting from place-to-place may become an adventure of a lifetime. As Fils-Aimé explains, “this is easily one of the biggest experiences ever created by Nintendo,” and E3 attendees will be exploring “a wide-ranging plateau” environment on the show floor. The highlighted portion of the game may seem immense—in fact, Fils-Aimé claims that, “no one here this week will be able to explore all of it”—the show floor booth only represents a small portion of the full game map.
Almost the entire day of Nintendo Treehouse coverage will be dedicated to the one environment. In future, fans will learn more about the story, characters and “the way the boundaries of all previous Zelda titles are being broken.”
The Nintendo Treehouse livestream was then handed to Breath of the Wild game designer, Eiji Aonuma, who commentates on a gameplay demonstration before the doors open to the Zelda E3 experience. Presenters also remind viewers that special Zelda-themed items will become available in Miitomo today.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is expected to release sometime next year for the Nintendo Wii U and NX console systems.