Boom, yeah that's right. New Zelda, fam. It's lit. I'm wondering if it'll get a new colouring on that font, or if it will be forever White. It'd be odd if the release version wasn't Red for at least "TLoZ" and then something different for Breath of the Wild, but the font actually looks somewhat close to the actual Zelda font, so all in one colour isn't surprising. Also, there's a flower in Zelda. We haven't messed with the word Zelda like that before, so that's cool. Perhaps when Zelda goes red, the flower will be in colour. We'll have to wait and see.
Actually, pretty hefty Spoiler-Alert here. If you want to go into this game knowing nothing, skip this topic. If you want to go in knowing still not much, go ahead and read ahead.
Okay, first up. Here's the analysis of the release trailer. It's got a jump in it, where it REALLY seems like it's a longer trailer. The trailer:
Now, here's everything of note in the trailer.
- Shoddy sword
- Different sword at [2:15] (you can tell by the pommel)
- Scimitar thing at [2:14]
- SUIT OF ARMOUR [2:15]
- ALSO DIFFERENT SHIELD [2:15]
- Bow (though it looks different from what we saw last year, so upgradeable?) [1:40]
- Spear [2:07]
- Do we get to use the BattleAxe for more than cutting down trees? [1:33] (YES, Take down of huge moblin at [2:12])
- New creation thing to make boxes to climb on [1:55] (might be the sheikah box, but looks like a book here)
- Other thing that he moved a log with? [1:59]
- Paraglider [1:03]
- Circular shield [all the time]
- WE CAN CLIMB TREES TOO (and mountains) AND BUILDINGS
- Swimming trunks [1:37]
- Fire starter/Torch [1:42]
- Cooking pit (might be an in-world thing) [1:44]
- Sheikah box [1:53] (IT OPENS DUNGEONS AT [2:36] BUT WHAT ELSE DOES IT DO)
- Weird thing at [0:17] on that cliff. Stal-monster thing, probably.
A lot of questions have been answered by the subsequent streams, but those don't have concrete links yet, so I'll pull from what screenshots are out and about.
Okay, so here's Link. Koroks are back, so we're probably in a world post-Wind Waker somehow. Don't ask, it's Zelda. Actually, let's take a step back. In the header, the world looks pretty big, right? Oh it's bigger. See that mountain (or any of them?!?!) you can climb them. This little tiny circular area on this map is the playable area for the demo. I've watched multiple playthroughs and with only some minor backtracking over similar areas, they haven't hit everything. That small area has a huge plateau with a forest and a snowy mountain. The mountain's pretty darn big. Takes a couple minutes to get around it.
Speaking of the mountain, let's hash out some more things. First up- dynamic weather. There's a minimap in the bottom right corner with two other gauges. Here's the UI. In some of the playthroughs there's been a digital clock on the minimap, but on some (including the screenshot I showed) there isn't. The gauges are temperature and stealth. The temperature impacts what you should wear- there's thicker clothes for the snowy climate and you can run around in your swim trunks if you want. There are clouds that move across the sky dynamically and apparently they rain at some point. Just watched a wind storm live, so that's pretty freakin' cool. Last bit- you can snowboard down mountains (and possibly on water...? Treehouse people were laughing about that but didn't do it live) but it damages your shield. Miyamoto's thoughts on the temperature system: (Transcribed from the Treehouse) "This is actually an idea that came up from the directors. The higher you climb on a mountain the colder it gets. You have to prepare yourself by eating foods that give you cold resistance. There are a lot of clothing options that prepare you for where ever your're going, so there's an element of preparation on what you're wearing, and what you've eaten."
Ah yes, item degredation. You don't get much to start the game, but the first weapon you find is a stick (probably) and you swing it but you hit something and it breaks. There are Bokoblin weapons that you can pick up as well as shields that can only deal so much and take so much damage respectively. Even non-bokobolin weapons function this way, and there seem to be a few grades of items. Bokoblin < or > Traveler's (this seems close at the moment) < Soldier's items. I'm assuming top tier stuff (like the Bow we saw in the last trailer from forever ago) like the Master Sword or a really good Shield available at the end of the game might not break.
OH, there's nothing in the grass now. Grass is for stealth, as I mentioned earlier we now have a stealth meter. It shows you how much noise you're making, and a combination of ?s and !s let you know whether enemies are looking for you and have found you. You pick up items like mushrooms, apples, steaks, etc. from around the world and can cook them or eat them raw to restore health. You've also got Chu jelly from CHU CHUs that probably can make potions later on.
So, our big item this game seems to be the Sheikah Slate. You get it at the beginning of the game (It's really all you've got), and it opens these Shrines (Which there are MORE THAN A HUNDRED OF). Dungeons are for sure different then shrines, but no word on how many "normal Zelda dungeons" we get. Pooh. Anywho, Shrines (so far) give you access to runes which give you new powers for your Sheikah Slate, as well as giving you some orbs. The first four orbs in the game give you the hang glider thing. Two of the first four Shrines give you BOMBS and a Magnesis power which lets you move metal things around. That treasure chest waaaay over there that you can't possibly reach? Magnesis it over to you. Same goes for the one at the bottom of that pond, skippy.
Last but not least, I do have SOME other goodies, like the fact that there's Amiibo in this game. Twilight Princess' wolf link does some really helpful stuff if you've completed the Cave of Shadows (Didn't this used to be called Cave of Ordeals?) in TPHD. Check that trailer out if you want a super helpful Wolf Link companion in Breath of the Wild. There's 3 other Amiibo, directly from Breath of the Wild, but no idea what they do in game yet.
Oh, check out this last thing, Link in a suit of armour taking on a rock golem: