In a remarkable achievement, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has shattered records as the fastest-selling Zelda game of all time, amassing an astonishing ten million copies sold within the initial three days of its release. Not only has it achieved unprecedented commercial success, but it has also garnered critical acclaim, surpassing its predecessor in nearly every aspect. However, it is worth noting that its release was originally intended to occur earlier.
Last year, in March, Eiji Aonuma, the series producer, made the regrettable announcement of a delay for this highly anticipated open-world title. The delay was significant, pushing the release date to the spring of 2023. Aonuma reassured fans during this announcement, expressing the team’s unwavering commitment to crafting a truly extraordinary gaming experience. He implored fans to exercise patience, stating, “To ensure that this game delivers an exceptional experience, our dedicated development team continues to work diligently. We kindly ask for your understanding and continued support.”
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Aonuma divulged that Tears of the Kingdom was originally slated for a release in the previous year. However, he made the crucial decision to postpone the launch in order to guarantee that every aspect of the game met their uncompromising standards. Given the intricacies of the diverse range of systems, the expanded scope of the game, and the expansive landscape of Hyrule, especially with the addition of Sky Islands and Depths, this delay was deemed necessary and justified.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is now available on the Nintendo Switch, providing players with a remarkable adventure through the enchanting world of Hyrule. While the prospect of future DLC remains uncertain, Aonuma has affirmed that upcoming installments will adhere to the captivating open-world format that has captivated fans.
As players embark on this unforgettable journey, they can revel in the fact that their patience has been rewarded with a game that not only surpasses expectations but also cements its place in the annals of gaming history.