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Nintendo announces Zelda: Breath of the Wild prequel 'Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity'

By Josh Weiss
Hyrule Warriors

Nintendo is heading back to Hyrule, people!

Today, the gaming company announced a prequel game to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (as the Switch-compatible release is titled) takes place 100 years before the events of Breath, and serves as a follow-up to 2014's Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U. Breath of the Wild's long-awaited sequel is still in development.

"Players will be transported to the time before the Great Calamity happened, participating in epic battles against a backdrop of familiar locations in Hyrule before they were destroyed," promises the release.

Mainstay characters like Link and Zelda are obviously part of the adventure, but Age of Calamity also features the four Champions as playable avatars for the first time in the franchise's history. Objectives include: solving environmental puzzles, unlocking weapons and skills, crafting materials, and visiting shops to obtain items and use the power of the Sheikah Slate.

Check out the first trailer:

Similar to the first Hyrule Warriors and the Fire Emblem series, the upcoming title is "focused on performing combos and over-the-top special abilities, the action-heavy gameplay is fast-paced and strategic, perfect for players looking for an intense, non-stop action game with direct ties to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," adds the release. "In addition to all the action, the game is loaded with a robust story that depicts the events, relationships and dramatic moments of the Great Calamity in captivating detail."

"Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a must-play for fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said in a statement. “Roll up your blue tunic sleeves and get ready for a dramatic and surprising adventure through Hyrulean history this holiday season."

Hyrule Warriors box art

Age of Calamity goes on sale for the Nintendo Switch Sunday, Nov. 20. You can pre-order a copy right here.