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Still no name for Switch Sequel

Link parachute jumps in sequel to botw 2 not shown at The Game Awards 2021.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2– Sorry sorry. The sequel to The Legend of“Actually, you know what? Screw it. We all know it’s a sequel, and the awkward dance around its name is just sickening at this point. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 started growing on social media last night following the four-hour commercial known as The Game Awards, in part because it still has no name.

Fans have been waiting years for proper news on a 2017 sequel The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNext the revelation 2019 that Nintendo would make a sequel to the adventure game that breaks the spirit of the times. At E3 2021, Nintendo revealed a first trailer for the gameofficially promoted, for now, as Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—a creative decision Nintendo justified because the real name might “give little hints as to maybe what’s to come.”

Read more: BotW 2First gameplay trailer: 7 details that fuel fan theories

Going into The Game Awards, fans were expecting, if not a release date, at least a full reveal of the game’s official name. It wasn’t unreasonable. After all, The Game Awards is the last big game showcase of the year, and BotW 2 should be released in 2022 (pending delays).

Instead, Nintendo showed…several seconds of the game in a brief sizzle reel, filled with a stylish logo, reading “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel” in a Zelda– style font, in the lower right corner:

Link teleports to a ledge in BotW at The Game Awards 2021.

Screenshot: Nintendo / The Game Awards / Kotaku

Yes, The Game Awards apparently aims to “celebrate the game” by handing out accolades in over two dozen award categories. But each year, the bulk of the show is dedicated to “world premieres” and “world exclusives,” brief segments intended to build hype for video games that haven’t yet been released (aka, commercials). These are dotted with real commercials. Towards the end of the show, Nintendo aired one dedicated to its 2022 slate, showing 10-second previews of games like Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Pokemon Legends: Arceus. It’s the only time of the night BotW 2 showed up.

The fans were not happy. Various permutations of “botw 2” took off on Twitter.

Especially, clown memes were a successprobably meant to poke fun at the fans for raising their hopes (but also to show that, no, you’re not disappointed, you weren’t expecting much initially, so you can not be disappointed, ha ha, aren’t we all having fun?). Posts drawing comparison between BotW 2 and sound bordersthe just-announced open-world Sonic game was popular. Some fans thought the complete lack of concrete details was “funny”. Others lamented how the brief overview of BotW 2 “WAS A FUCKING AD WITH THE SAME TRAILER AND NO NAME.”

But perhaps the answer is immortalized in last night’s most anticipated game category results. For the second consecutive year, Ring of Elden, FromSoftware’s Open World Ride to be published in February, took first placebeating games like God of War Ragnarök, star fieldand yes, BotW 2.

“A lot of people are pumped for Ring of Elden,” a person wrote. “BotW 2 doesn’t even have a name to be excited about yet.