Breath of the Wild 2 is running on a new Nintendo console, analysts say
Tech experts think Breath Of The Wild 2 could run on new Nintendo hardware and suggest the game could launch with a new console.
Some technology analysts believe that the next Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the sequel could herald a whole new nintendo console, judging by the graphics shown in the most recent trailer for the game. There have been rumors that Nintendo has been working on a successor to its highly successful Switch console for the past two years, one that could 4K gaming. Some gaming enthusiasts even believe that this still hypothetical Nintendo Switch Pro could be revealed as soon as this year, although high-ranking Nintendo officials like Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser have repeatedly denied that there is a new Nintendo hardware of the caliber fans suggest is on the horizon.
Indeed, while Nintendo released a new Switch model last year, it wasn’t the drastic reinvention that rumors suggested. The Nintendo Switch OLED featured a brighter touchscreen and several small quality-of-life improvements over previous Switch models, but lacked any 4K functionality despite shipping with a 4K-capable HDMI port. That hasn’t stopped other rumors of a new 4K-capable Switch successor from popping up over the past two months, fueled by a recently leaked controller patent and an NVIDIA cyberattack that unearthed data hinting at a new Nintendo console.
Added to these new Nintendo console rumors is the latest episode of Digital Foundry Weekly, which was posted on Digital Foundry’s YouTube channel. As reported by GamesRadarDigital Foundry technology experts Richard Leadbetter, John Linneman and Alex Battaglia discussed the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 teaser which was released at the end of last month – specifically the graphics capabilities of the upcoming game. They believe that features like anti-aliasing, 1080p/720p rendering, and draw distances featured in the latter END 2 trailer could be somewhat above current Nintendo Switch material and that END 2 could be in development for a brand new Nintendo console. Battaglia adds to this theory by suggesting that END 2 could be released in a manner similar to the original breath of the wildwhich launched on both the Nintendo Switch and its immediate predecessor, the Wii U, in 2017. Similarly, Breath of the Wild 2 could serve as a transitional title by releasing on both the Switch and the hypothetical new Nintendo console. The video from Digital Foundry can be found below:
While the still untitled Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the sequel was originally slated for release in 2022, a recent announcement from The Legend of Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma has confirmed that the highly anticipated sequel has been delayed until at least next year. A lot Zelda fans already suspected END 2 was delayed due to a lack of new information from Nintendo following last year’s E3 2021 Nintendo Direct livestream, with the game notably missing from several subsequent Nintendo Directs and even December’s Game Awards 2021 showcase.
BOTW 2 recent delay could be the result of Nintendo developing the game for a new console, and it’s worth pointing out that the idea of a The Legend of Zelda game serving as a bridge between two generations of consoles was just beginning with the first BOTW – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess launched on both the Nintendo GameCube and the original Wii in 2006. However, this is all still speculation on the part of Digital Foundry, so Nintendo fans will have to wait and see if The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will indeed be a launch title for new 4K support nintendo system.
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Source: Digital Foundry/YouTube (via Game Radar)
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