This week, Nintendo dropped a surprise announcement for a new Hyrule Warriors game set during the war 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild. And after announcing three dlc packs for Cadence of Hyrule a couple months ago, they just announced that the third, Symphony of the Mask, would be coming out this month. So the back half of 2020 is shaping up to be a pretty good time for Zelda fans, and I just wanted to talk a little bit about the games, starting with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
Despite loving Breath of the Wild, I was disappointed with the story, or rather, how the story was told. Because most of the story happens in the past, I feel a disconnect from it. Age of Calamity puts you right in that story, and I think it has the potential for that added emotional weight (even though we know how it ends). It’s also got the potential to add more to the story, especially for the Champions, who will all be playable characters.
A while back, I thought a great idea for a Zelda spin-off game would to follow the Champions and their successors in a story that goes back and forth between the two (mostly because I really wanted more Urbosa and Riju content). While only the Champions have been revealed for Age of Calamity, I’m hoping the successors appear in some form, perhaps in a jump forward at the end of the game. And maybe baby Sidon could make an appearance since he was alive? I’m also interested to see if we’ll be seeing any other time periods, perhaps sometime between Age of Calamity and Breath of the Wild. We won’t have to wait long before hearing more news – there will be a 50-minute live gameplay stream on September 26th.
I wasn’t sure if I’d be writing about Hyrule Warriors for my Year of Zelda series, but now that there’s a new game, I’ll definitely include it! I’m excited to have more games to write about.
I finally beat Cadence of Hyrule a couple months ago, after struggling to get into it. I played multiplayer with someone who was more experienced, and I really came around to the game. So I was extremely excited when not a week later, dlc was announced, including one pack with an all new storyline where you play as Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask (masks included). Majora’s Mask is one of my favorite Zelda games, and I’m interested to see where they’ll go with the storyline, what dungeons and song remixes there are, and what new boss/musical instrument puns they come up with. I’m hoping for remixed of the Woodfall Palace and Milk Bar themes. I’m currently playing through Majora’s Mask, so I’m planning on finishing it up and playing through Cadence one more time before Symphony of the Mask comes out.
Are you looking forward to one or both of these games? Let me know if you’ll be picking them up!