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Link's first look over the land of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo

One of the main events of this year's E3 trade show in Los Angeles (12-14 June 2016) was Nintendo's latest in the Legend of Zelda series. Until now, information about the game has been scarce with just a trailer and a short gameplay demo hinting at an open world, and changes to the established Zelda formula. At E3 2016, during day one of their Treehouse livestreams, Nintendo announced the game's subtitle: Breath of the Wild, and showed off several hours of gameplay footage.

After the brand new trailer, Nintendo's Treehouse presenters – with the help of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma – dished out new details regarding how the game works and what players can expect from what looks like a major leap for the Zelda series. Health is now replenished with food, weaponry can break, there's more custom clothing options, a stamina meter, dedicated jump button and the players can tackle dungeons more freely in the order they choose.

Primarily however, fans were stunned by the kingdom of Hyrule – Breath of the Wild's open world setting. It's simply beautiful, but we'll let the screenshots below do the talking.

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Breath of the Wild's open world is home to a plentiful array of wildlife.Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
This Hyrule is littered with remnants of ancient buildingsNintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
A day/night cycle and dynamic lighting add to the game's beauty, as you can see from this screenshot...Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
...and this one, of the the same areaNintendo
...and this one, of the the same areaNintendo

The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
A distant castle has been seen in the game, but otherwise buildings and structures are largely ruinsNintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
These platforms littered the landscape. Also note the structure or landmass floating in the air in the distanceNintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
This is a shrine. Hundreds will be littered through Breath of the Wild's world - offering items and rewardsNintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
A first look at one of the game's dungeon-like areasNintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
In the foreground, a snowy area of the map. In the distance, Death Mountain. And to the right, the Temple of TimeNintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
Grass and flowers flow in the breeze, and react to swings of a weaponNintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
Another look at the snowy portion of what's been shown so far of Breath of the Wild (the central portion of the huge map)Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda Breath Wild screenshot
Another wide shot of Hyrule with a glimpse of what we assume is Hyrule CastleNintendo

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