Tokyo Game Show is underway and one of the most anticipated presentations of the event did not disappoint. In a panel led by MC Ruriko Aoki, The Koei Tecmo Games development team, including Yosuke Hayashi (producer), Masaki Furusawa (producer), and Ryouta Matsushita (director), showed off a ton of gameplay for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
During the panel, audiences were treated to a deep dive into gameplay and combat mechanics. Furthermore, the presentation also offered early looks at the story, including how the Calamity got underway. They also revealed young Impa as a playable character, shared Collector’s Edition details, and debuted a brand new gameplay trailer!
My initial thoughts watching this presentation were just how smooth and rapid the combat mechanics are. The demo showed Link swiftly rotating through abilities, firing arrows rapidly, and just demolishing enemies at a frantic pace, something that didn’t happen in Breath of the Wild.
Additionally, I came away absolutely blown away by how Koei Tecmo was able to adapt the stunning visuals of Breath of the Wild into Hyrule Warriors. It’s just unheard of in this genre, but the fruits of their labor seem to have made the most gorgeous musou games to date.
From there, it was just such a nice surprise to have a character reveal in the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity presentation. We all knew that Link, Zelda, and the Champions of Hyrule would be playable characters, but I never would’ve imagined that Impa, the elder of Kakariko Village in Breath of the Wild, would be in the game, much less playable. Yet, that’s the reality we live in and she’s an absolute badass, using a ninjutsu-type moveset.
While Impa was amazing, there was some anticipation from Zelda fans to see the Champions in action. Koei Tecmo obliged with a brand new gameplay trailer that also offers up some story elements. This is the Champions Unite trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
After Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was announced, I wrote a piece on how the current strategy of making a trilogy with a current Zelda story was a refreshing take on the series. In that piece, I talked about how it was going to be awesome to get to see the full extent of the Champions’ power. If this trailer is any indication, that’s exactly what we’re getting.
Finally, before the panel officially concluded the development team offered up what players can get with the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Collector’s Edition. It’s actually pretty cool as it gives you a game plate, a charm, and a blanket of the parachute from Breath of the Wild. It runs for 16,720 yen, which translates to roughly $160.
They also announced that if you purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition, you get a ladle from Breath of the Wild. Meanwhile, having a previous save data file of Breath of the Wild will net you a training sword and shield.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity releases exclusively on Nintendo Switch, November 20, 2020.