Tears of the Kingdom update suggests further delays are unlikely

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is getting its first-ever content rating in the Far East, making further delays less likely.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been evaluated by South Korea’s Game Evaluation and Management Committee, newly emerged regulatory filings show. The development comes weeks after Nintendo announced the long-awaited breath of the wild release date of the sequel and makes it more likely that the company will manage to avoid further delays.

The Japanese gaming giant has started work The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom over half a decade ago, shortly after the previous installment in the series Released for Wii U and Switch in 2017. And while Nintendo originally aimed for a 2022 release, it was BotW Sequel was taken last spring with a long delay. Finally, back in September, the company committed to a mid-2023 release and confirmed the game’s official title.


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earlier this month, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom received its first content rating from South Korea after Seoul’s regulatory agency deemed the game suitable for ages 12+. This is the second-mildest certification allowed under Korean law, with submissions stating the game missed the Suitable For Everyone rating due to its “mild depictions of violence.” Even though Tears of the Kingdom sounds a lot darker than breath of the wildseems to be just as age-appropriate in terms of content as the predecessor, which received exactly the same label in the Far Eastern country.

This classification fits Nintendo’s decades-long track record of releasing family-friendly AAA games. And while the original 2019 teaser, which sees Link and Zelda exploring an underground cave, hinted that the upcoming title could be a little darker and spooky than breath of the wildLittle fits his Korean rating either Tears of the Kingdom Gameplay has been shown so far. Likewise, the product description accompanying the certification reiterates some previously revealed details about the game, including the fact that a significant portion of Link’s adventures will now take place high in the skies over Hyrule.

Between the massive success of breath of the wild and the fact that The Legend of Zelda is one of the most enduring franchises in gaming history in terms of overall quality, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is already all but certain to be the biggest Switch exclusive of 2023.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released on May 12, 2023 for Switch.

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