Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity world map, Urbosa Zelda gameplay, Koroks, naked Link Nintendo Treehouse: Live Koei Tecmo Warriors musou

In addition to showcasing Pikmin 3 Deluxe and announcing that game’s new eShop demo, Nintendo Treehouse: Live today showcased roughly 25 minutes of new Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity gameplay. And what is absolutely remarkable about the game is that, even though Koei Tecmo is the developer, it looks and feels almost exactly like Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — albeit with a lot more fighting. The stream today showcased new gameplay using Urbosa and Zelda, a world map reminiscent of what we saw in Breath of the Wild, and, yes, the return of Koroks.

Urbosa the Gerudo Champion can charge up lightning as a special ability, which is represented by a gauge on screen, in addition to her regular normal and strong attacks. During the game, we will learn more about her relationship with both Zelda and Zelda’s late mother. Speaking of Zelda, she uses runes as her main form of attack in order to take out swarms of enemies. It’s pretty fun to watch her chuck giant bombs and blocks to devastate enemies; she’s no damsel in distress this time around.

Between levels in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, you will be leveling up characters, strengthening weapons at the blacksmith, (Weapons do not break in this game!), preparing recipes, and unlocking assorted things. There is also a large world map with an art style seemingly plucked straight from Breath of the Wild. You will select missions and levels from this map, such as a mission called “A Birthday Treat,” which is apparently about delivering herbs to a parent to make souffle for their child. In general, it seems there will be a lot of opportunities to expand on the world introduced in Breath of the Wild.

Lastly, we’re not sure yet what, if anything, the Koroks do or how many there are in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. But be warned that they’re back, and they might take over your life all over again. Be warned.

You can view the full Nintendo Treehouse: Live footage for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity below, including Link as a shirtless stud. Let us know if you’re as impressed with this Koei Tecmo Warriors game as we are!

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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