The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a game that revolved around loneliness. Link was a hero who spent 100 years healing in magical suspended animation, only to wake up to a world that had changed beyond recognition. He was alone in the wilderness, against enemies and the elements, with only a few scattered towns to provide some companionship. But the sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, seems to have changed that. The latest trailer shows Link walking through settlements, fighting alongside allies, and driving a carriage with Hylians in the back. It seems that Link is no longer alone.
Breath of the Wild was a game about exploring a hostile world, surviving against all odds. But Tears of the Kingdom seems to be more focused on teamwork. The trailer shows Link with a group of allies on a hill, ready to take on the world by his side. Unlike in Breath of the Wild, where Link was a lonely hero, Tears of the Kingdom seems to be hooking him up with his own Avengers. The game seems to be about Link fitting in with a group of people from different species, all committed to the same cause.
Other open-world games, like Red Dead Redemption 2, have successfully nailed the feeling of being part of a group. Tears of the Kingdom seems to be attempting the same dynamic, and we can’t wait to see how Nintendo handles it. The game promises to be a different experience from its predecessor, with more people in more places and a stronger emphasis on teamwork. Link’s journey in Tears of the Kingdom will be a fascinating one, as he moves from a lonely hero to a team player.