A couple of days ago we caught wind of some stores around the world, particularly those in Europe, that the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild WILL be coming out in March. One of the very few statements that Laura Kate Dale and Emily Rogers gave surrounding that game was that it WAS being delayed again. However, this actual, hard information seems to contradict the ‘rumors.’
Laura and her followers are in full damage control, of course (They may not want to announce the delay yet!) But I think what happened is clear. The game was always slated for a launch release, but when Nintendo removed the ‘March 2017’ from their site and instead put in a simple ‘2017’ instead, people assumed it was going to be delayed again, hence Laura’s ‘rumor.’
This marks the first confirmed case of one of Laura’s ‘leaks’ being completely wrong. I know he’s been trying for months to keep the door open on this one (Oh, it COULD come out in March, I’m just hearing that it’s not going to) but I think we can use this to establish more credibility when it comes to dismissing rumors from this person.
Also, I believe the last rumor Emily Rogers released was talking about this as well.
Disclaimer: Everything in this blog post is rumor until proven otherwise. Please take everything with a grain of salt.
Breath of the Wild is one of the largest games — if not the largest game — that Nintendo has ever developed. It’s probably larger than Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Wind Waker combined.
In early September, I heard rumblings that the localization for the game was becoming more work than anyone had anticipated. They have to localize all of the game’s text, NPCs, quests, etc. Then, around October, I received another update that Zelda’s localization was still not going as smoothly as planned. “A very ambitious game, maybe even too much,” claimed one particular source.
Rogers is an idiot. She really thinks that Nintendo wasn’t working on localizing the game throughout all the time it’s spent in development.
That brings us to the month of November. More sources have now come forward and corroborated my information. They’ve told me that localization for Breath of the Wild might not be finished until the end of December. After localization is completed, this game will require between (at least) four-to-six months of testing. As I mentioned earlier, this is one of Nintendo’s largest and most ambitious games ever. The amount of testing required for a huge open-world game like this is enormous. Nintendo’s intention is to have the game as bug free as possible.
Based on what I’ve heard, I have no reason to believe that Breath of the Wild will be a March title. There’s a much higher chance of Breath of the Wild being a summer 2017 game.
That being the date changing on Nintendo’s website. What a joke.
On an unrelated note, I’ve also heard whispers of the Switch version of BoTW running more smoothly than the Wii U version. Furthermore, I hear the final version of the game is a bit harder than what the press and media played at E3. Actually, I hear they toned down the E3 demo’s difficulty a tiny bit because they wanted journalists and press members to have fun exploring.
I love how she presents that last bit as something that Nintendo didn’t talk about themselves. What a fraud.
Anyway, it’s starting to seem like, once again, the rumors are wrong. LKD and Emily Rogers made a big deal out of the Zelda ‘delay’ which turned out to be nothing but a lie. The Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Rabbids crossover ‘leaks’ are the only game related statements they’ve made lately, I believe, and those stories had been floating around forever from other sources.
I think as time passes by and we begin to see more of what the Switch actually is, we’ll start to see more of Laura’s statements start to crumble. Especially since he draws attention to them himself like a dumbass. I really don’t see him continuing to ‘leak’ Nintendo content post launch because he just doesn’t have the mindset for it. Constantly justifying yourself and your leaks is probably the easiest way to get people to doubt you. There’s a good reason Emily Rogers tends to try and not respond to people like me who proved they lied.
I expect to have a field day after the Switch is shown off later this month. There are LOTS of statements we already know are bullshit, like the claim that Mario Kart Switch is a port with ‘new’ features and not a sequel. Emily has already stated that she will release ‘new’ rumors after the conference, probably to get people to stop talking about how the old ones were completely wrong.
We’re still waiting on Mother 3, Emiily.