Soapbox: The Zelda: Breath of The Wild 2 trailer already brings up theories


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The best part about working in game journalism is when you speculate wildly in a split second in a trailer, and so here we are. It’s time to speculate! Have your binoculars and magnifying glass handy and take lots of meaningless notes!

You may have noticed (unless you screamed excitedly) that the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer features weird reversed music. It wouldn’t be the first time Zelda games have been played with inverted sounds – the iconic Skyward Sword theme is a rearrangement of Zelda’s Lullaby backwards, after all.

Pointless consideration of the day:

The end of the BOTW2 trailer has voices that sound like they’re playing backwards. The game clearly has some funny twists and turns over time.

So I reversed the tone. And uh … it sounds exactly the same?

This is wild for me!

– Mitch Dyer (@MitchyD) June 15, 2021

Enterprising ex-journalist and current video game writer Mitch Dyer took it upon himself to turn it around and find out if there was a hidden message, but … it doesn’t seem to be. In fact, it looks like it is the same forwards as it is backwards. Hmmmm.

If you play the new trailer from zelda botw 2 backwards, it plays the original breath of the wild theme music– TAHK0 ☕️ (@ TAHK0) June 15, 2021

Another avid fan, TAHK0, flipped even more of the trailer (i.e. everything) to reveal that the music was just … the Breath of the Wild theme in reverse? But what does it all mean?

Maybe it was just a nice little hint.

UNLESS. (Let’s go.) Unless there was some sort of indication of what the game is really about. Quite a few people have theorized that the character’s longer hair with their backs to us means we’ll be playing as Zelda ourselves, possibly if they get into this new gravity-shifting mechanic. And what is Zelda, but the opposite of Link? (Yeah, okay, that’s a little awkward.)

IMPROVEIMPROVE (Image: Camila Cumplido)

Well, that was a theory for a long time – some of us (I) even thought that the original Breath of the Wild was going to be a Zelda-focused game because we didn’t initially see Link’s face until the end of the film in that first teaser. Do you also remember Linkle? We definitely do.

We never really got a chance to play as Zelda (unless you count that bit on Spirit Tracks where she’s dead) and while we don’t get our hopes up, it would be extremely cool to traverse the open world with it two characters for the first time. But also … it just looks like Link has long hair in the trailer, doesn’t it? Let’s not get too hopeful.

The Legend of Zelda: Hair of the Wild 2– Lanmana (@Lanmanigans) June 15, 2021

But there is another prevailing theory: Link actually travels through time. Where else did we see these floating islands? That’s right – Skyward Sword, the first game in the Zelda story timeline. Breath of the Wild is after Ocarina of Time, after Twilight Princess and after Wind Waker. So if we go back to floating islands, we may go back to where it all began.

Do you remember that rough arm from the first teaser trailer? What if that’s the arm of the first link? What if Link gets possessed by … his own arm from the past? It’s all very Adventure time Season 6 if you ask us. Maybe it’s even a time warp … and we are doomed to repeat the death and birth of Hyrule forever. The key word here is “maybe”.

So the answer is: we don’t know yet. It seems like there’s some kind of gravity game in Breath of the Wild 2, and maybe some kind of time game, but we won’t know for a long time. Look, if you didn’t want hundreds of words of meaningless speculation, you shouldn’t have clicked on the speculative title! We now know as much as you do!

What running theories are based on this trailer so far? Speculate in the comments!

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