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Tears of the Kingdom Update Suggests Further Delays Are Unlikely

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


The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been rated by South Korean Game Rating & Administration Committee, newly surfaced regulatory filings reveal. The development comes weeks after Nintendo announced the long-awaited Breath of the Wild sequel’s release date & makes it more likely that the company will manage to avoid further delays.


The Japanese gaming giant started work on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom over half a decade ago, shortly after the series’ previous installment released on the Wii U & Switch in 2017. And while Nintendo was initially targeting a 2022 release, the BotW sequel was hit with a Enormous delay last spring. Back in September, the company finally committed to a mid-2023 release, along with confirming 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 regulators classified the game as suitable for the ages of 12 & upward. This is the second most lenient certification allowed under Korean law, with regulatory filings stating that the game missed out on the suitable-for-everyone rating due to its “mild depictions of violence.” So, even though Tears of the Kingdom sounds much darker than Breath of the Wild, it would seem that its content will be as age-appropriate as that of its predecessor, which received the exact same label in the Far Eastern country.

This classification dovetails with Nintendo’s decades-long track record of putting out family-friendly AAA games. And while the original 2019 teaser depicting Link & Zelda exploring an underground cavern indicated that the upcoming title might be somewhat grimmer & scarier than Breath of the Wild, its Korean rating also fits what little Tears of the Kingdom gameplay was shown so far. Likewise, the product description attached to 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 up in the skies above Hyrule.

Between the massive success of Breath of the Wild & the fact that The Legend of Zelda is one of gaming history’s most consistent franchises 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 is coming to Switch on May 12, 2023.

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