Legend of Zelda’s newest leaks reveal new enemies, locations, more
The latest leaks for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom revealed the first looks at many new characters, locations and enemies, with hints for some possible plot points in the upcoming sequel.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is one of the year’s most anticipated titles. There have been recent leaks of the game through the early publication of pictures from the sequel’s art book, originally shared by NintendoEverything.
The 204-page art book in the collector’s version of the game was also leaked online on the r/GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit.
Although the leaked pictures mean little to the typical viewer unless they know the tale behind them, the most dedicated Zelda fans have been poring over the art book to learn as much as possible about the game’s plot.
The leaked pictures provide an early look at new opponents Link and friends will face in Tears of the Kingdom and new forms of the Bokoblin and Lizalfos monsters from Breath of the Wild.
Other character designs, some of which are all new for the sequel, are also featured in the pictures. There are sketches for new Sheikah characters there, as well as some interesting-looking and fashionable Hylian. Their function in the sequel, however, remains a mystery.
The art book also introduces additional sites, temples and other significant landmarks. There are numerous illustrations of environments, including a cave and a room with a stone floor.
The most notable leak is a shot of Link in what appears to be a ship, remarkably similar to the Dungeon shown in Skyward Sword. Given the relationship between the two games, this could suggest that Skyward Sword will have a more significant role in Tears of the Kingdom.
What it costs to get Tears of the Kingdom
Tears of the Kingdom is scheduled for release on Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023. Per the announcement, the collector’s bundle comprises a steel bookcase with Zonai runes and marks, Tears of the Kingdom concept art book, a game-themed poster, a collection of pins and a physical copy of the game.
Nintendo has already announced the pre-orders for Tears of the Kingdom, with the base game retailing for $69.99, while the Collector’s Edition goes for $129.99. Fans can purchase it on Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop and Nintendo eShop.
Following the revelation of the pricing, many fans were upset with the game’s suggested retail price of $69.99 and demanded that it be dropped to the more acceptable $59.99.
“Will buy this game used. Zelda is a big game but not paying 70$ for Nintendo Switch software,” a fan said on Twitter.
Some players were furious since the Switch version’s graphics are inferior to rival consoles, adding that the company shouldn’t be slapping such a high price tag.
“DO NOT pay $70 for a switch game,” another fan said. He then explained that paying $70 for a Switch game would be fine if they released a Switch 2, which could run at 120FPS, have a 4k docked output and has at least a storage of 250GB.
In that regard, many fans are worried that this price tag would result in all future Switch games costing $70.