“We previously announced that we were aiming for a 2022 release for this game,” Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma said in a video update released on Tuesday, which you can watch below.
“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 apologise.
“As previously announced,” Aonuma continued, “the adventure in this sequel will take place not just on the ground as in the previous game, but also in the skies above.
“However, the expanded world goes beyond that, and there will be an even wider variety of features you can enjoy, including new encounters and new gameplay elements.
“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.”
In June 2021, following two years without any meaningful updates, the platform holder released a new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 trailer and confirmed plans to release the game in 2022.
A Nintendo spokesperson also said the company was choosing not to reveal the proper title of the game—which it’s currently referring to as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel—because it contains hints about the plot.