The sequel to Breath of the Wild is officially The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. After literally years of being known only as Breath of the Wild 2, we finally know what Link’s next adventure will be called, and we also have a confirmed release date. So, now is the time to get your preorder placed.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is scheduled to release on Friday, May 12. Unlike its predecessor, which was released across two generations of console hardware, Tears of the Kingdom will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. And with a locked-in date announced, it’s not a surprise that several retailers are now taking preorders of the hugely-anticipated sequel.
It's not all good news. Nintendo has confirmed Tears of the Kingdom will be its first Switch game priced at $69, rather than the previous $59 standard retail price for a new Nintendo first-party game. At least, a swanky Collector's Edition has been unveiled which is sure to delight Zelda fanatics. It will retail for $129 and also launches in May.
We’re expecting to receive plenty of extra details about Link’s return to the land of Hyrule over the coming months. But if you’re already sold, then here’s everything you need to know about how to preorder The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Where to preorder The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom: $69 @ Amazon
Amazon is now taking preorders of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for the Nintendo Switch. The retailer hasn't confirmed yet if it will offer any exclusive extras for preordering, but feel free to place your order now to secure your copy ahead of launch. GameStop is also taking preorders at the same price if you'd prefer to shop at a different retailer.
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom: $69 @ Best Buy
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom preorders are also available at Best Buy for $69.
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom: £59 @ Amazon
Gamers in the U.K. can also preorder Tears of the Kingdom on Amazon. The game will cost £59, and is expected to be one of the biggest-selling Nintendo Switch games of the year. If you're already sold on Link's adventure there's no harm in getting your copy secured ahead of its launch on May 12.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — what we know
Nintendo is keeping details about Tears of the Kingdom under lock and key, and even though we've seen three trailers for the game we still don't know a great deal about Link's latest adventure.
If you want a summary of all the latest news we have a dedicated Breath of the Wild 2 hub that collects together all the information we've received to date. But the cliff notes version is that the Kingdom of Hyrule is once again under siege (presumably from Ganon in some form) and it's up to Link to save the day.
From the snippets of footage we've seen much of the game seems to revolve around transversal in the sky. Floating platforms have appeared in the clouds and Link must navigate between them likely solving puzzles and fighting enemies along the way.
Zelda games regularly delight thanks to their ability to surprise and we hope that'll be the case again in the Tears of the Kingdom. So don't expect to know everything about the game ahead of launch. Nevertheless, we'd love a few more concrete details to keep us going until May, and it's likely that Nintendo will deliver just that in the weeks ahead.