The series producer Eiji Aonuma made the announcement in a short video statement via the official Nintendo YouTube channel and here’s what he had to say: “We previously announced that we were aiming for a 2022 release for the game. However, we have decided to extend our development time a bit and change the release to Spring 2023. For those of you who have been looking forward to a release this year, we apologize.”

He didn’t say exactly why they are delaying the sequel, but he added the following: “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.”

The video also made a short recap of what we can expect in the upcoming sequel. Link will now be going to the clouds above for his next adventure, not unlike the recent remaster The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. We last got an overview of what we can expect the gameplay to look like last summer, and we’ve seen our buddy Link soaring around on his paraglider.

That being said, the announcement still doesn’t formally call the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Ninty insists on calling it “the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” for now. Sounds fair enough. Perhaps we will get the actual title later this year (since we’re not getting the game anyway), stay tuned for that.

The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to Nintendo Switch at some point in Spring 2023 now.