Report: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Will Not Launch With Nintendo Switch

Report: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Will Not Launch With Nintendo Switch

According to a new report, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not launch alongside the Nintendo Switch in March.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will not be launching with Nintendo's upcoming new console, the Nintendo Switch, according to a new report. According to Eurogamer, several sources have corroborated a report from Nintendo tipster Emily Rogers, which credits localization with the cause of the later-than-expected release.

According to Rogers, localization for the game will not be complete until December, and four to six months of testing will be needed after that point.

"...this is one of Nintendo's largest and most ambitious games ever," Rogers writes. "The amount of testing required for a huge open-world game like this is enormous. Nintendo's intention is to have the game as bug free as possible."

One source reportedly referred to Breath of the Wild as "a very ambitious game, maybe even too much."

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was first debuted at E3 2016. In June, it was revealed that Monolith Soft is helping with the game, which is being developed by a team of more than 100 people.

Nintendo Switch, previously codenamed Nintendo NX, was revealed in October, with no new information on the console expected before January 12, 2017.

Permalink

That's disheartening. If they don't have a good lineup for the Switch at launch it may just turn out to be a fizzle instead of a bang. Of course if they can instead provide a steady flow of games months after the console launch, that could prove more successful. One of the biggest mistakes of the Wii U was that while it's launch was big (though bloated by many ports) it had a drought of titles immediately afterwards, making it seem dead right off the bat and fostering that "Wii U has no games" attitude.

Hopefully Nintendo can learn from its failures with the Wii U and better balance the Switch's game releases to keep a consistent amount of interest in the console.

Oof that's a hell of a blow for Nintendo. The Switch [i]needs[i] big exclusives to move units and Zelda is a guaranteed blockbuster. I wonder if this could actually push back the NA launch of the console itself?

On the one hand: it's good that they're not wanting their big open-worlder to launch like a Bethesda game.

On the other hand: wait, wut?

Until Nintendo says so, one way or the other, I'm not necessarily going to believe it, although it would be sad if it was delayed.

Still, in that same report, it says that Mario Switch will be a Launch Title. If that's true, I'd still be happy, and I'd still get it Launch Day.

Welp, that's another Nintendo console down the drain. It's okay Nintendo, maybe after a few more failures you can finally reinvent yourself as a toy company.

Nintendo seem very scrambled right now. They're releasing perhaps their biggest title in ~5 years in line with the console its on being discontinued, and not alongside their new console?

Something about one hand not knowing what the other is doing comes to mind.

Mr.Mattress:
Until Nintendo says so, one way or the other, I'm not necessarily going to believe it, although it would be sad if it was delayed.

Still, in that same report, it says that Mario Switch will be a Launch Title. If that's true, I'd still be happy, and I'd still get it Launch Day.

Please be a Super Mario Galaxy 3.

Or at least a Platformer Mario Game where they did put EFFORT into it, unlike the laziness that is Super Mario 3D Land and at least 3 of the New Super Mario Games.

Part of me thinks Nintendo should just delay the release of the Switch to coincide with the release of Zelda. It would be a good system seller. However, if they have some exclusive titles ready to go at launch, having Zelda come out a few months later would be okay as it would show some momentum of game releases. They certainly need to do better than how it felt with the Wii U, like only one anticipated game was released every 6-8 months.

So... the Launch lineup will be mostly Third party ports... and maybe a rushed Nintendo IP along with ONE third party original that'll likely be ported to other systems in a year or two.. just a guess...

This almost makes me want Breath Of The Wild.

On the other hand I'd settle for an Okami port. Maybe even a No More Hero's port.

If I think about that too much there's so many old games I'd like to be portable ports.

Title delayed for a couple of months. People throw hissy fits and predict Nintendo doom..

...Why are people whining about a company taking a bit extra time to fix bugs? If it's needed, it's needed. There's not much anyone can do. It's catch-22 with gamers. If a company rushes out a game early to meet deadlines, then people complain the game's too buggy. But if a company delays a game in order to clean up the bugs, then people complain about delays.

Wasnt BotW already delayed once specifically so it could be a Switch launch title?

What the fuck did they spend all that extra time on?

I mean. If it ain't done I'm glad they are waiting until it is with releasing it. On the other hand, the switch had better come out swinging. Zelda on launch would have been a good way to do that.

Well, we're off to a roaring start. I mean, previous Nintendo consoles could coast a Mario title along with some other stuff before the big Zelda title, but the 90s are over.

Very wrong move to launch the the console without the very first game they show on the trailer.

So... what does this mean for the Wii U version's release date? I'm not picking up a Switch until they can prove they'll have a solid library after all the money I invested in my Wii U. I mean I don't want to see an open world game rushed out, but Twilight Princess for GameCube got pushed back in favor of finishing the Wii version. I'd hate to see history repeat itself.

I don't think there will be a lot of 3rd party support for this console, at launch. Maybe once they get the waters temperature... It will definitely have Mario at launch, maybe Splatoon. I know some people are counting on Skyrim, but both Bethesda and Nintendo have said that the game isn't confirmed.

Comes right down to it, we are 4 months out from console launch, and we know next to nothing. This is not good for Nintendo.

Honestly? Good. About 75% of the time, launch titles are just bad, bad, bad because of rushing to meet that rigid deadline. I'm glad they smartened up with this.

ShakerSilver:
That's disheartening. If they don't have a good lineup for the Switch at launch it may just turn out to be a fizzle instead of a bang. Of course if they can instead provide a steady flow of games months after the console launch, that could prove more successful. One of the biggest mistakes of the Wii U was that while it's launch was big (though bloated by many ports) it had a drought of titles immediately afterwards, making it seem dead right off the bat and fostering that "Wii U has no games" attitude.

Hopefully Nintendo can learn from its failures with the Wii U and better balance the Switch's game releases to keep a consistent amount of interest in the console.

If there's one thing Halo 3 taught us though, it's that even if your lineup has been bad for even two years, you could still make bank with one stand-out massive hit. Halo 3 sold a lotta consoles. I guarantee you that.

ShakerSilver:
That's disheartening. If they don't have a good lineup for the Switch at launch it may just turn out to be a fizzle instead of a bang. Of course if they can instead provide a steady flow of games months after the console launch, that could prove more successful. One of the biggest mistakes of the Wii U was that while it's launch was big (though bloated by many ports) it had a drought of titles immediately afterwards, making it seem dead right off the bat and fostering that "Wii U has no games" attitude.

Hopefully Nintendo can learn from its failures with the Wii U and better balance the Switch's game releases to keep a consistent amount of interest in the console.

The reason for those droughts is that Nintendo has historically been very bad at dealing with third party developers. I can already see the same trend raising its head.

That's rough.

Nintendo shouldn't have tried to make this game a Switch/Wii U game and should have just made it a Wii U exclusive. We may have had this game already. There's literally no other game to be excited for on this console at the moment. Breath of the Wild was the one game that had my interest.

I suspect whatever 3rd party devs who are willing to work with Nintendo these days aren't happy about this either.

I'll keep in mind that Nintendo hasn't said anything themselves but over the years most Rumour/Reports on Nintendo have been dead on despite them denying them.

"Don't Bethesda this up..." seems like a workable mantra. Get it right. Honestly I think it's not such a great idea not to give us additional reasons to buy the switch, but at the same time I'd rather a good Zelda game than one more reason to buy the Switch.

That's all good and well and whatnot Nintendo but you better have at least some decent titles available for the Switch at launch to make up for it. Otherwise every dipshit gamer in the industry will complain about it and preemptively write it off ahead of time. Just like what happened with the 3DS. And then it started getting a better library and selling and soon all those naysayers ended up looking stupid.

And before anyone points out that didn't happen with the WiiU, I blame that on a lot of other, equally ignorant reasons as well. Not to mention bad marketing on Nintendo's part.

One of the biggest mistakes of the Wii U was that while it's launch was big (though bloated by many ports) it had a drought of titles immediately afterwards, making it seem dead right off the bat and fostering that "Wii U has no games" attitude.

Except the irony is that also applies to the XboxOne and PS4 and yet those sold like gangbusters. Proving that today's gamers are hypocrites and will buy junk based on the most shallow of reasons.

Even if you disprove that. There's also another thing to blame here: Nintendo's bad rep w/ 3rd Parties. Thing is, you can only blame so much of that on Nintendo themselves. It's equally said 3rd Parties' fault on their end too. They've been given a little TOO MUCH freedom to the point where they feel they can call the shots and get away with anything no matter how scummy. Or do I need to point out everything bad the likes of Konami, EA, Activision and Ubisoft had done over the past decade? And you wonder why Nintendo couldn't get 3rd Party support for WiiU? I'd say the Switch would be better off w/o it if 3rd Party software wasn't such a necessary evil on the business end but said 3rd Party companies need to change on their end too.

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here