Get your wallet ready: It looks like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could be a Switch launch title after all.
After the Wii U went an entire console generation without its own mainline Zelda title, fans hoped that the Switch would have a much stronger lineup at launch. Some early rumors, however, reported that the game wouldn’t be out until a few months after the Switch’s March release. Now, though, it seems that Breath of the Wild may be a launch title after all.
The reports come from Eurogamer, with the outlet’s sources reporting that Nintendo Japan “finalized its plans and had a change of heart” in order to provide the Switch a stronger launch lineup.
Past reports have varied wildly on the game’s release. GameStop’s marketing seems to plan for the game to be out in March, and some leaked Amiibo release dates also support a March release. Target’s online store, however, briefly had the game listed with a June shipping date, some Nintendo tipsters reported last year that the game would need an additional “four to six months” of localization after the Switch’s release, and a recent (though totally unverified) leak of the Switch’s lineup places Breath of the Wild‘s release in Q2 of 2017.
Interestingly, it seems that some of the conflict of this release date may be due to the game actually having different release dates depending on region. According to Eurogamer’s report, Nintendo’s North American and Japanese divisions seem to be pushing for the March release, while Nintendo of Europe appears to be asking for more time—perhaps to allow for more polish on the game’s translation into multiple languages. This could account for some of the date discrepancies, and Nintendo’s reluctance to give a final answer.
At the moment, there’s no official world from Nintendo beyond a vague “2017,” but that may change soon. A big Nintendo Switch presentation will be held next week on Thursday, January 12th, and it’s likely to include a list of launch titles for the Switch. If The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is among them, we’ll likely find out for sure then.