Nintendo releases stunning 1st trailer for Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

AFTER years of anticipation, Nintendo has finally released a new trailer for the followup to its smash hit game Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The still-untitled sequel is out next year and will see players once again take control of Link on a quest to save the kingdom of Hyrule.

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The 90-second clip shows Nintendo's iconic hero sprinting, gliding and jumping across the vast, open world – with a handful of new foes to battle.

It ends with the eruption of a dark and ominous force that engulfs Hyrule Castle, one of the final spots that players explored in the previous game.

The trailer was revealed by Nintendo on Tuesday at E3 2021, a major gaming showcase hosted each year in Los Angeles.

It's the first that gamers have heard of the game since the Japanese tech giant unveiled a teaser trailer back at E3 2019.

Breath of the Wild launched on the Nintendo Switch four years ago and is widely considered one of the most acclaimed games of all time.

It revamped the now 35-year-old franchise with an open world and new combat system that catapulted it to the hearts of millions.

Nintendo had sold more than 13million copies worldwide by the end of 2019 and fans have been begging for a sequel ever since.

The games-maker's latest trailer gave little away in terms of storyline and gameplay.

It appears as though Link's glider – which was introduced in the previous game and allowed players to soar across Hyrule – will make a return.

One intriguing section of the trailer appears to show the elf-like swordsman floating through a wall like a poltergeist.

We'll likely find out more about what to expect from the sequel in the months leading up to launch.

Nintendo didn't give an exact date beyond "2022".

E3 2021 kicked off over the weekend, giving gamers their first look at the biggest games coming to Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo.

Microsoft on Sunday showcased 30 upcoming games and said most of those titles will be available on its monthly subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.

Behemoth French developer Ubisoft showed off the hotly-anticipated “Far Cry 6”, as well as a brand new IP, “Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora”.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo each year turns the Los Angeles Convention Center into a players' paradise.

It was cancelled in 2020 because of Covid-19, and went virtual this year with a streamed event. The show came to a close on Tuesday.

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