Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 release date update and 35th Anniversary news ahead of E3 2021

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Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 and what Nintendo has planned for the Zelda 35th Anniversary could feature heavily in today’s big E3 2021 Nintendo Direct. At 5pm UK time today Nintendo will host their E3 2021 Direct, which will last for around 40 minutes and focus “exclusively” on upcoming Nintendo Switch software. And Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 is expected to be one of the big highlights of the upcoming Direct.

The last time Zelda fans got a glimpse of BoTW 2 was when it was revealed as a surprise announcement at the end of the 2019 E3 Direct.

Since then news on the highly anticipated Zelda sequel has dried up, but signs are pointing towards an E3 update.

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During the February Direct Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed that more news on Breath of the Wild 2 would be dropping during 2021.

At the time Aonuma-san said: “I‘m sure a lot of you saw me and thought there might be news about the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have anything to share right now. We apologise.

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“Development is proceeding smoothly, and we should be able to bring you some new information this year. For now, we’ll have to ask you to wait just a bit longer.”

With news on BoTW 2 confirmed as coming during 2021, what better time to drop an announcement than during E3?

And one respected source appears to be teasing an update on Breath of the Wild 2 for the June Nintendo Direct.

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After the E3 2021 Direct was confirmed Dr Serkan Toto, analyst at Kantan Games, quoted the tweet announcing the Direct and posted: “Z2 22”.

The tweet appears to be hinting that Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 will be launching in 2022. And Dr Toto isn’t the only one teasing a Breath of the Wild 2 release date for next year. As reported by Comicbook.com, one prolific leaker – Reddit user PracticalBrush12 – has also said Breath of the Wild 2 is probably not launching this year.

Besides a Breath of the Wild 2 announcement, news on the Zelda 35th Anniversary celebrations could be dropping during the E3 Direct too. The Zelda series celebrated its 35th anniversary in February, but unlike with Mario’s big birthday last year Nintendo didn’t announce around the time how they were planning on marking the occasion.

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However, as we reported last week, new posters GameStop received could hint an anniversary announcement is on the way.

The news came courtesy of Twitter user @TheBY2K who said GameStop employees have received posters that look to be for the Zelda anniversary.

Sharing a picture of the poster @TheBY2K tweeted: “Apparently GameStop has received these posters.

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“Starting to think we might get some 35th Anniversary news for Zelda during the Direct if this is legit.”

The tweeter later went on to add that the posters are reminiscent of the artwork used for Zelda’s 30th anniversary, which has added fuel to the rumours that news on the latest anniversary could be dropping in the next Direct.

We thankfully don’t have long to wait to find out for certain though.

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The next Nintendo Direct is just hours away, with the E3 2021 broadcast airing at 5pm UK time / 6pm CEST / 12pm eastern and 9am pacific today.

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