The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while amazing, was lacking in one important area, story. Some of my minor qualms with the game aside, I think most people would agree Breath of the Wild didn’t offer much depth with its story and characters. At least, not as much as it could have, which was a pretty big letdown for me. This is especially since the franchise’s previous mainline installment, Skyward Sword, was a big step up for the series in terms of storytelling, characters, and impactful moments.
Don’t get me wrong — the fact that Link woke up completely clueless on what had happened 100 years prior was a clever way to align Link’s mindset with the player’s. Being completely new to the world, it added to the great sense of exploration and mystery Breath of the Wild excelled at. But that great sense of mystery — in turn —hindered what the developers could do story-wise. However, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has the potential to right the wrongs of Breath of the Wild by offering much-needed context to the game’s story and characters.
Champions of Hyrule
Throughout Breath of the Wild Link is re-introduced to the Champions of Hyrule. The four Champions, Daruk the Goron, Urbosa the Gerudo, Mipha the Zora, and Revali the Rito, all had relationships with Link prior to BOTW. While the game features some flashbacks on the relationships and events during the Great Calamity, we never get good insight into that time period. It doesn’t go into great detail on why these characters matter or what their relationships with Link and Zelda were like. In fact, Link’s relationship with Zelda, Impa, and others could have been fleshed out more as well. Luckily, this is exactly what Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity looks to be covering. And I’m eager to see all the events we already know happen play out.
The four Champions all perished while piloting their Divine Beasts in the attack of Calamity Ganon. Link died (kinda?) at Fort Hateno when he was fleeing with Zelda after Calamity Ganon took control of their Divine Beasts. We know Mipha was shy around Link because she was crushing on him. Urbosa was like a mom to Zelda and gave Link some fighting tips. Daruk really liked Link and was a total Goron about it. Revali is pretty rude all-around, and I want to know why, dammit! I would love to get a better look at the intricacies of these relationships.
We will hopefully get an amazing look at all of these events relationships in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: Link’s relationships with all four Champions, what Impa was up to during this time, and, of course, what things were like when the good guys lost. I imagine the end of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will play out similarly to in Avengers: Infinity War, which will surely be an emotional moment if the game can get us to care more about these characters.
Add more weight to BOTW events
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity can potentially add more weight to everything in Breath of the Wild. The reawakening of all the Champions, the final battle, and more! Once we know some of its central characters better, it will inherently add to BOTW’s subpar story and mysterious cast of characters. Nintendo has already confirmed that we’ll get to see more on Urbosa’s relationship with Zelda’s mother, which already seems really interesting!
The original Hyrule Warriors was really heavy on story and cutscenes, and Age of Calamity looks to be the same. I’m extremely eager to see the Great Calamity war unfold… and, well, to see everyone die.
Are you looking forward to Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity? Do you think BOTW needs this prequel story? Let us know in the comments section below! And if you’re interested, watch my reaction to the latest Nintendo Treehouse dedicated to Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity!