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Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity a prequel to BotW coming in November

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity was announced by Nintendo overnight, a prequel of sorts to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (or BotW). Better still, it’s been confirmed for a 20 November release.

“A century before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Great Calamity occurred,” Nintendo said in a press release. “Hyrule was plunged into darkness, devasted by an evil force which transformed the kingdom forever. While the Great Calamity is touched on in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch, fans have never experienced what happened before that catastrophic event … until now.”

Gameplay will follow the Hyrule Warriors style, not BotW, with a focus on “performing combos and over-the-top special abilities.” It will, of course, use BotW‘s aesthetic, as you can see below.

Finally, those who pre-order Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity on the Nintendo eShop will receive the in-game Lucky Ladle weapon as a bonus.

Expect Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity on Nintendo Switch from 20 November.

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