Prepare to get your hopes back up, Zelda fans. Sources are reporting that Nintendo may have reinstated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a March-bound Nintendo Switch launch title in America and Japan, after previously having delayed its planned release to June 2017.
According to Eurogamer and veteran games reporter Laura Kate Dale, “sources close to Nintendo” say the company reversed their decision in late 2016 after a “change of heart,” apparently desiring the Switch’s launch to be as strong as possible.
However, the reports indicate the game may still be delayed in Europe, as it’s claimed the lengthy European localization process was the cause of the initial delay. Eurogamer reports that Japan had always been uncomfortable with waiting to release the long-anticipated game, and that it had been “finalized by committee” to move ahead without Europe at the end of last year.
In the past, Nintendo has proved willing to patch in language choices after worldwide release, as they did with Spanish and French options in 2015’s Xenoblade Chronicles X over a month after the game’s release.
On Jan. 13, Nintendo will broadcast a Switch-focused Nintendo Direct, where more details are likely to be revealed.