Currently pegged as a launch title for Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is rumored to have been pushed back into summers of 2017.
The report comes from Emily Rogers who in the past has been pretty accurate in leaking information regarding Nintendo’s new console. According to the blogger, multiple sources close to the matter have confirmed the delay of the game. Additionally, Eurogamer has likewise heard a similar tale from its own sources.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is said to be facing issues in its localization, which has become “more work than anyone had anticipated”. As such, even more time is required to finish the game and Nintendo is strongly considering to push back the release date by more than a couple of months.
“Localization for Breath of the Wild might not be finished until the end of December,” claims the report. “After localization is completed, this game will require between (at least) four-to-six months of testing.”
Based on previous announcements, Nintendo Switch is scheduled for a launch in March. Considering that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a major selling point for the console from a consumer’s point of view, fans are now worried about Nintendo delaying its console as well to coincide with the release of the game.
To be fair, the company is yet to give us any concrete release date for the new Zelda game. However, it was always insinuated that it would be a launch title for the console. Breath of the Wild was originally set to release for Wii U in 2015. Development delays and then the decision to jump over to Switch have us looking at a release in 2017.
If the rumor is true, it would effect the game’s simultaneous release at launch for both Wii U and Switch. It’s possible that Nintendo goes ahead with the Wii U launch, leaving the enhanced version to drop later.