After much confusion, Nintendo has confirmed the ruling for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which will launch in 2023.
Zelda fans have long assumed that Breath of the Wild’s sequel would simply be known as “Breath of the Wild 2.” After all, it seemed the natural order of things.
However, Nintendo corrected the record earlier this week during a Direct stream. The next open world adventure will actually be titled The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
In particular, the use of “Tears” in the subtitle raised some incredibly important questions. Does the title refer to crying “tears” or dimension-hopping “tears” in reality? The answer determines both the meaning of the new name and how it should be pronounced.
Nintendo reveals the verdict of Tears of the Kingdom
Fans who weren’t sure which form of the word to use don’t have to wonder anymore. A Nintendo representative told Eurogamer how to properly say it’s like talking about crying “tears.”
Tear-like images in a mural during the opening segment of the new trailer suggested that the pronunciation for Tears of the Kingdom would be in line with the most common use of the word.
But Nintendo’s clarification is welcome; now the fan theories can really take on a life of their own.
Nintendo originally announced a Breath of the Wild sequel at E3 2019. While the title once had a 2022 launch window, the publisher has pushed its release plans to a vague 2023 expiration date.
Much to the delight of many a fan, the most recent Nintendo Direct cleared the air. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom hits stores on May 12, 2023 for Nintendo Switch.