The recent Nintendo Direct lacked a release date for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but there may have been a hint.
The February 2022 Nintendo Direct didn’t give a release date for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but there may have been a hint in the release date for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Fans expected BOTW 2 news in the Nintendo Direct, as it’s supposed to be launching this year and doesn’t have a solid release date, but it was a notable absentee from the show.
The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was first revealed during E3 2019, but Nintendo has been frustratingly quiet about the game. Even the game’s most recent appearance during the September 2021 Nintendo Direct was still vague, especially as Nintendo won’t even reveal the game’s name. One thing that is known is that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released in 2022. Fans are speculating that it will be the Switch’s big game for the 2022 holiday season, but no one knows for sure. There’s still a chance that the game could be delayed to 2023.
The February 2022 Nintendo Direct’s final announcement was that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is coming to the Switch. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will be released in September, which may be a hint as to Nintendo’s future plans for the next entry in The Legend of Zelda series. The 2022 video game schedule is still extremely dry, especially in the second half of the year. As it stands, the only big game coming out during the 2022 holiday season is Starfield, which is expected to be a big hit for Microsoft. Nintendo has yet to reveal its hand for the 2022 holiday season, but it’s a safe bet that Link will be part of those plans.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Is Being Kept Out Of The Holiday Season Spot
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is releasing in September 2022, which is earlier than the usual period that the big holiday games usually appear in. In most cases, the biggest games of the year will launch in the late October/November period, as it gives people a chance to buy them as gifts. If Nintendo was lacking any new titles for the holiday season, then Xenoblade Chronicles 3 could have filled that role. After all, Nintendo considered Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to be a big holiday game in 2017, as it launched on December 1.
The fact that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is launching in September suggests that it’s being kept apart from the holiday season. The big holiday season game could be the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo potentially doesn’t want it overshadowing Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which is why there is some distance between them. It’s possible that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be heavily featured during the E3 Direct (assuming that E3 2022 isn’t canceled), and that it will be the big 2022 holiday season game, with a late November launch window.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will be released for Nintendo Switch in September 2022.
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