It seems as though the latest entry in the storied Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of the Wild, will not have gone gold by March 2017.
Industry insider Emily Rogers reported this rumor on her website, Monday. As she said in her blog post, “Everything is rumor until proven otherwise. Please take everything with a grain of salt”.
According to her sources, the game has been taking “longer than expected” to be completed. She also mentioned that the localization process has been tedious thus far, as it is a “very ambitious game, maybe even too much”, according to one of her unnamed sources.
Rogers expects that localization may not be finished until December. Even after its completion, Breath of the Wild would need another “four to six months” of testing before being able to hit the market.
Rogers added that “there’s a much higher chance of Breath of the Wild being a summer 2017 game”.
What’s interesting about this rumor is that it has been corroborated by Eurogamer.
“Eurogamer had separately been told of the same schedule, as Nintendo is committed to launching the game in as close to perfect a state as possible after so long in development”, said their article published on Tuesday.
They also suggest that Nintendo’s estimated release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now simply “2017”.