‘Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’ demo: a true prequel to ‘Breath of the Wild’

Download the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity demo to see how Koei Tecmo have integrated elements of Breath of the Wild with Hyrule Warriors.

The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity demo was recently released, and it’s clear to see how much hard work Koei Tecmo and Nintendo have put in to make the game not just another Hyrule Warriors, but a true prequel to the much loved Breath of the Wild

The game lives up to its Hyrule Warriors name with a great integration of Koei Tecmo’s distinct “1 versus 1,000″ musou battle style. It also includes many significant gameplay aspects of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a prequel set 100 years before Breath of the Wild, and players can experience the fall to Calamity Ganon soon. Due to be released November 20th, play as Link, Zelda, any of the four Champions, or Impa as they fight against the Calamity.

The game shows its Hyrule Warrior play-style through the many battles to be fought throughout Hyrule. Players will complete story missions and experience the familiar aspects of Breath of the Wild along the way. Use the Sheikah slate, craft items, hunt Koroks, and most importantly, cook with the same passion that drove you through Breath of the Wild.

As you battle across Hyrule in the story missions, you’ll advance the game’s plot and gain power levels for your characters with all new combo moves. In these battles, players can roam around the battlefield map, fighting Ganon’s hordes with only your wits and your allies at your back. Fight against Bokoblins, Wizzrobes and Lizalfos, with powerful mini-bosses – or captains – scattered throughout. Each battle will also include certain conditions that can alter the tide of battle in either direction, so keep vigilant!

Players have access to the Sheikah slate and their beloved paraglider with all Champions, so you can throw bombs, freeze enemies in time or ice, and throw around heavy metal boxes, all while being able to launch yourself into the air to get out of trouble quick-smart.

Each champion has their own skills and abilities for you to learn and use in the battle against the evil Calamity Ganon, and you can switch between them mid-battle if you need to. If it does seem like you’re in a spot of trouble you can’t get yourself out of and it seems like your character might die – or “retreat” – rather than fail the mission you can hand off that character to the trained not-hands of the AI. They’ll keep the character alive while you continue the mission as someone with a little more HP.

While some fans are worried about the overall story timeline with the presence of the time-travelling mini guardian, it’s a phenomenon well-known to past Hyrule Warriors games. We’ll just have to wait and see how this tricky element effects the game and the Champions.


Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity releases for the Nintendo Switch on November 20th. Find out more about the game here.