Some people were left with more doubts than answers when Nintendo released the long-awaited “Breath of the Wild 2” teaser at E3 2021 without even providing a formal title. However, a few die-hard fans have dived deep into the trailer to see whether there are any more information concealed in plain sight – but in the incorrect way.
Hold on to your hats, “Zelda” fans: things are about to become crazier before they start to make sense. When the first “Breath of the Wild 2” teaser was released in July 2019, some Reddit users believed Nintendo had hidden hidden messages in the trailer’s audio, but only if it was played backward. Unfortunately, many of those links were shaky at best, and despite Reddit users’ efforts to filter, pitch shift, and conduct any other conceivable modulations, the teaser’s music was finally judged to be a mashup of past “Zelda” themes, if anything.
However, there is some pretty solid evidence that the additional footage may have a different meaning when played backwards, so either fans hit it closer to the mark than they imagined or the devs chose to throw them a lifeline.
The Breath of the Wild 2 trailer appears to be reversible based on audio and visual indications.
The key scene in the teaser that has people persuaded that it can be viewed in both directions is related to one of the new abilities in “Breath of the Wild 2,” the ability to phase through rock. A pool of water turns into a droplet and shoots high into the sky in the film, which contrasts well with a similar image of the player figure passing straight up through a stony platform.
This seemed too coincidental (and obviously, water doesn’t move that way), so Downpour Interactive writer Mitch Dyer reversed the moment on Twitter, only to discover that the audio was identical in both directions. In fact, from the time it shows what appears to be Link’s glowing green arm, the entire second half of the trailer sounds, looks, and feels just as cohesive in reverse as it does when played normally.
What does this signify for the sequel to “Breath of the Wild”? It’s difficult to say, especially given how secretive Nintendo has been about the game’s exact title and plot. Fans on Reddit assume that the game has a long history of manipulating time, while some on Twitter speculate that the long-haired protagonist is none other than Zelda herself, and that Nintendo is deliberately underplaying her role. To figure out what to expect from “Breath of the Wild 2,” fans will have to wait patiently — and perhaps try reversing any other incoming trailers.