Rumor: Breath of the Wild will not be released in March.

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Disclaimer: Everything in this blog post is rumor until proven otherwise.  Please take everything with a grain of salt.

Update – January 1st, 2017

After speaking with new sources at NOA, it has come to my attention that the original rumor was incorrect and Zelda will be releasing in March. As you might remember, Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips and LPVG’s Laura Kate Dale reported similar stories about Zelda missing March. The new evidence that I’ve received has given me reason to believe that Breath of the Wild will release in March as planned.

Original Story

Breath of the Wild is one of the largest games — if not the largest game — that Nintendo has ever developed. It’s probably larger than Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Wind Waker combined.

In early September, I heard rumblings that the localization for the game was becoming more work than anyone had anticipated. They have to localize all of the game’s text, NPCs, quests, etc. Then, around October, I received another update that Zelda’s localization was still not going as smoothly as planned. “A very ambitious game, maybe even too much,” claimed one particular source.

That brings us to the month of November. More sources have now come forward and corroborated my information. They’ve told me that localization for Breath of the Wild might not be finished until the end of December. After localization is completed, this game will require between (at least) four-to-six months of testing. As I mentioned earlier, this is one of Nintendo’s largest and most ambitious games ever. 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.

Based on what I’ve heard, I have no reason to believe that Breath of the Wild will be a March title. There’s a much higher chance of Breath of the Wild being a summer 2017 game.

On an unrelated note, I’ve also heard whispers of the Switch version of BoTW running more smoothly than the Wii U version. Furthermore, I hear the final version of the game is a bit harder than what the press and media played at E3. Actually, I hear they toned down the E3 demo’s difficulty a tiny bit because they wanted journalists and press members to have fun exploring.

That’s all for now, but keep your eyes peeled for my next blog post. I’ll be discussing other Switch games later this week.

24 thoughts on “Rumor: Breath of the Wild will not be released in March.

  1. If Nintendo has another big title for launch (Mario maybe?), then delaying Zelda would be a good option. It’s better to space out game releases rather than blow your wad in one day. Plus, they don’t want Mario and Zelda competing against each other.

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  2. After all this time we’ve waited I don’t think 2-3 more months is a problem, this is from a TLoZ fan perspective, however this does make me a little worried about the actual launch of the Switch.

    More difficulty is always welcome. It did look a little bit too easy when Nintendo showed the game at E3. I’ll take this as good news.

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  3. I’ll scrounge to find a silver lining: a longer wait means I have more time to save vacation hours at work.

    In the meantime, I’ll play more indie titles, along with whatever the Switch launch brings.

    *sigh*

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  4. My biggest take from this was the scope of the game, it sounds amazing. Let them take as long as they need! I’m actually quite heartened by this news, another three to six months is nothing.

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  5. If I were Nintendo I’d put absolutely everything into making this a day one game for Switch. It just sounds like the perfect equation to get a console off on the right foot.

    I understand the play testing, but how much localization even goes into a Zelda game?

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  6. Honestly? If those are the reasons why it won’t be at launch i’m actually HAPPY. I came reading those things about difficulty, proper testing, graphics on the Switch and most of all, how ambitious this game is.

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  7. Believe what you want, but as a localizer for Nintendo I can tell you that you may be misguided. I guess you will have to wait for our upcoming event on January 12th.

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    1. I have a feeling that they won’t cancel the WiiU version because Nintendo has promised numerous times that the game is still coming to the WiiU. While it would be weird for Nintendo to release a game for a system they’ve already discontinued, it wouldn’t cost them much considering the WiiU version is probably close to finished already. More than likely, they’ll release the WiiU version in a small print run or they’ll release the game digital only.

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      1. Which it wouldn’t matter since the footage is always simulated. Recording a screen is damn hard, will not look right or bright enough. The footage was added in post-production. It is not a matter of the game running slowly, it was a dumb selection of footage. The time ‘stops’ when Link is airborne and using the bow and arrow, if you look closely its not a choppy framerate, its their slowdown mechanic making it look not as fluid.

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  8. If the Switch releases with a new Mario Game and ports of Splatoon and Mario Kart 8, than I think that the Switch launch can survive. It would still be a disappointment, but one Nintendo could recover from. That being said, I don’t care how cheap the Switch is at launch (rumors are currently pointing towards it costing $250-$300), if there are no good launch games, it will not sell at launch.

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  9. I doubt this is all that valid a source. But even if it is true I think Nintendo will still entertain us a lot until it arrives and yeah Nintendo is one of the few companies that don’t release beta games that needs like 5 GB of patching after launch.
    But I’m a bit skeptic that it will not be a launch title as it has been shown at both e3 and in the commercial.
    The source don’t seem all that valid either.

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  10. I’m actually not surprised. The game still seemed too early from the development! I notice some framerate issues from the gameplay videos and the HUD really looks too bland and un-life like. I don’t really care about this game being delayed anymore but I am really excited to hear more about the game next year!

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  11. I figured delaying Zelda was done to make room for/secure a port of Skyrim. Or that porting it to Switch was taking longer than expected.

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  12. I have an extremely quick question concerning Breath of the Wild not making launch.

    So Gamestop just had an investor’s meeting, and they are indicating that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be releasing sometime before April. Considering the rumors from Laura Kate Dale and you suggesting otherwise, I am conflicted as to the current state of this game.

    Personally, I am inclined to believe that BOTW will not make the launch of the Switch. If localization is indeed incomplete and will take time, I believe it will be out in June/July. However, this brings me to my primary question.

    I do not believe the rumors reported are untrue, but I also believe that Gamestop is aware of what is happening with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Therefore, I pose this:

    Do you have any sources that could potentially suggest that the Wii U version will be launching in March 2017, but the Switch version will release sometime later? Also, can any sources comment on the placeholder dates for the BOTW amiibo for March 4th? It is a Friday, and a time that Nintendo would release a major game, so either this was the original date for the game, and potentially the Switch launch (unless it happens two weeks later), or something concerning the game is coming on that date.

    I know it is probably stressful to get so many inquiries and questions regarding the Switch and other Nintendo-related products, but I believe this specific point could use some clarification in order to gain greater insight into Nintendo’s plans for the future.

    Thank you in advance

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