Goron champion Darkel has appeared as a new playable character in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. The announcement came during Game Live Japan live stream as part of the Tokyo Game Show 2020, where more gameplay played by Link and Impa was shown. Darkel is a much stronger character than Link; The Boulder Breaker gun was a piece of cake for Darkel, Link, struggling to carry with both hands in the Wild of the Wild, and shook it with one-handed breeze. In the gameplay video, we also saw Darkel perform roll and lava attacks. It also turned out that core BOTW powers like Magnesis and Cryonis have different effects, depending on which character you play as, lending an element of strategy to trades.
In a special live stream presented today at Tokyo Game Show 2020, Koei Tecmo revealed the live gameplay of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity on Nintendo Switch, giving the world an idea of what action can be expected from Link, the young Impa, and the four. The game started with “Hyrule Field War”. Covered in armor instead of the blue Champion’s Dress from the previous game, it was surrounded by the royal Hyrulian army. In the Dynasty Warriors-style, different character portraits jumped to the corner of the screen offering information and directions. The link progressed at full speed with no visible signs of an endurance meter and did not indicate that he should walk when he could run or surf everywhere because at the touch of a button he threw him forward sliding over his shield.
Hyrule Warriors offer “normal” and “strong” attack options, respectively, with Y and X buttons instead of a single attack button. Since this is a Dynasty Warriors game, each attack Link used has a wide range. His first combo in the video is distributing eight Bokoblin. A counter running around the corner keeps track of how many monsters were killed during the show, and that number exceeded 600 in just a few minutes of combat.
Almost all of Link’s combat abilities in Breath of the Wild are in Hyrule Warriors. Dodging in time triggers the opportunity of slow-motion to rush an opponent for multiple hits. Pulling your bow out while in the air likewise slows down the game and causes an arrow attack. Using the Sheikah Slate, she can drop bombs, freeze enemies with Stasis, and create pillars of Cryonis and Ice.
Hyrule Warriors also offer Link new ways to fight. Breath of the Wild’s return attack is now a “special attack” that almost clears the screen. When fighting stronger enemies like a Moblin, a “weak spot” may appear on the screen as a hexagon. Attacking at this time reduces their health and shaves off the hexagon. When the link is gone, he can perform a special “Smash” attack that will end the fight. Its new “counter” abilities also allow it to drop multiple bombs in a row or summon a column of ice to stun enemies attacking.
The biggest surprise was that Link came to the head of a young Impa who escaped from monsters as an old woman breathed into the wild. He saved her, and in doing so, he triggered the activation of a small, egg-like Guardian Robot that seemingly triggered a tower to launch from the ground. The development staff declined to reveal this series. However, a few minutes later, an on-screen message came announcing that the Impa is now playable. With the push of a button, the action passed to him. The Impa in Hyrule Warriors moves like a ninja with the ability to create shadowy pairs of himself and slice enemies fast enough to disappear on the screen.
A separate trailer is shown after the live game featured footage of some of the special combat abilities of the four Champions in battle. Mipha summoned a water wave to drive the enemies away. Revali was a master at a bow. Urbosa flashed. In addition to using Stasis as Link did, Daruk can curl up into a ball to hit monsters with his Guard shield.
With the gameplay, we’ve seen that players with Zelda: Breath of the Wild save data will receive a bonus item in the new game, and some edition items have appeared.
Hyrule Warriors are released for Switch on November 20 this year. While members of the development team are often reluctant to answer questions during the game, producer Yosuke Hayashi said “more new information” will emerge during a separate live broadcast on Sunday, September 27th.