What does it all mean in Zelda: Tears of the (probably) new Kingdom trailer

Nintendo dropped a new trailer for the next Zelda game, which included the final title and release date. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is coming on May 12, 2023. But like any good promo, it has also given fans plenty of information on hidden secrets and theories. We are here to break them all down for you.

To start, the stone carvings that make up the bulk of the trailer are full of ancient references. One of the creatures appears to be the Zonai, a prehistoric tribe that was referenced in Breath of the Wild but never expanded. We still don’t know exactly what happened to them, but it is possible that the Kingdom’s Tears shed more light on them. The wall carvings also show Bokoblins and Moblins waging war with a human tribe, which will also likely be expanded into the full game as we learn more about what happened to the world.

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The trailer also made a point to show off the arm, which fans have speculated to be the same arm we saw in the first trailer. There are glyphs that probably correspond to the real language, but we don’t know the corresponding symbols so we can’t translate them yet. And, of course, there’s an owl-like figure hovering above and surrounded by seven tears. Fans have speculated that these might represent the Seven Elders, the Seven Dungeons, or other important Zelda items. The sculptures also include possible references to an earlier incarnation of Zelda herself.

Perhaps the most striking part of the new trailer is the stone-gliding monster, which Studio Ghibli fans might recognize as a reference to the Nausicaa glider. We’re not sure if the glider was part of a movie scene or a game mechanic, but it’s interesting. Then of course the trailer ends with the logo that includes a depiction of the Master Sword, which looks damaged. Fans have already speculated a lot about the damaged Master Sword, and this adds more fuel to this particular fire.

For the full details of the new trailer, check out the video above. And for more on the next Zelda game, including How to pre-orderpaying off Everything we know about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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