The sequel to Breath of the Wild will be officially called The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and it's out on May 12, 2023.

The title was revealed as part of a new trailer at Nintendo Direct today, which also showed off exploration, new stasis powers, and lots of the sequel's still-unexplained shattered Hyrule.

A press release for the game included a description that confirms the floating islands above Hyrule will offer a new vertical space to explore in the open world, reading: "In addition to the vast lands of Hyrule, the latest entry in the storied Legend of Zelda series will take you up into the skies and an expanded world that goes beyond that!"

Starting with a series of wall carvings that presumably offer clues as to the game's mysterious backstory, we then see link open some huge doors, run to the edge of a floating island, and leap off to begin skydiving. We then see what seems to be the means for Link to get back above the clouds (a boulder floating into the air), climbing up tree roots in the sides of an island, and what seems to be a stone bird that can be used to fly.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was originally expected to be released in 2022 but was delayed to 2023. Series producer Eiji Aounuma said in the announcement that "in order to make this game's experience something special, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on this game, so please wait a while longer."

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