It is an understatement to say that the information about Breath of the Wild 2 is thin. However, behind the scenes, Nintendo is advancing its pawns, as suggested by a patent just out of the woods.
Players in a hurry to find the universe of the latest The Legend of Zelda to date have only a few minutes to try to guess what will bring Link and Zelda to return to service in Breath of the Wild 2. or as Nintendo prefers to call it: “the sequel to Breath of the Wild”. For now, only two trailers are indeed available.
Seal of flexibility
But now a new patent filed in February 2020 by Nintendo has just emerged on the database Patent Scope, and therefore could well concern the most anticipated game of the Switch. Quite convoluted, the description of this mechanism is intended at first glance to be very general:
The character led by a player can traditionally move in space, and jump. But if it is possible to reach certain heights by jumping, the presence of an obstacle above this character prevents him from reaching the upper part of this obstacle. Therefore, the present device is understood as a method capable of moving the character over an obstacle, even if it is located above.
In other words, Nintendo’s find would allow a character to pass through a piece of the scenery above him, and pass through it to finally stand on it.
Sky is the limit
The patent visuals provided by Nintendo (and available in our image gallery) also detail the many prerequisites to be fulfilled in order to be able to cross the scenery like a seasoned speedrunner: to deal with obstacles, the player will have to position themselves correctly under an element of the scenery, without a piece of sky ruining the equation. In the same vein, the upper element must display a relief sufficiently flat to allow movement, not be too distant, or not display peaks and other traps that would spoil everything.
But then, why the hell would this patent be for Breath of the Wild 2, you ask yourself? The most observant will undoubtedly remember the trailer released on the occasion of E3 2021:
For a moment, Link indeed crosses a stone wall, as if he were rushing inside, a mechanism which should therefore seem very familiar to you in view of the description just mentioned, is isn’t it? It is difficult not to link this find directly or indirectly to Breath of the Wild 2, especially since the exceptions to the rule are numerous and expressly listed in the description of the document, a detail that will not surprise anyone in view of the a thousand and one flaws that could emerge with the ingenuity of the players.
Indeed, when we know how far some are ready to go to push the limits of what is physically possible to do in an open world as organic as that of the cult game of 2017, we imagine how Nintendo fine-tune his idea … down to the pixel. Finally, we hope.
While waiting to find out your opinion on this astonishing patent, let us recall for all intents and purposes that Breath of the Wild 2 is now expected for 2022, yes but on Switch. Listen!