Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity Gameplay At TGS 2020 Reveals Impa Is Super Cute, New Systems

Koei Tecmo and Nintendo showed Link and Impa gameplay in an early stage of Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity at TGS 2020.

By Iyane Agossah

September 26, 2020

Koei Tecmo and Nintendo revealed new details on Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity at TGS 2020, including new gameplay.  The stream featured seiyuu Ririko Aoki who’s a huge Zelda fan, Producer Yousuke Hayashi, and Director Ryouta Matsushita. Producer Hayashi is really happy the game never leaked and they could surprise everyone.

First off, they started by recapping what we already know, and explained in particular how multiple characters actually use the Sheikah Stone in the game. Both Link and Zelda can use it, each using different functions.

Next up was the live gameplay part. They were joined by Koei Tecmo producer Furusawa, who played the game, with Director Matsushita and Producer Hayashi commenting. They explained it’s from the beginning of the game, and shows characters they didn’t directly reveal yet. This turned out to be young Impa. You can watch the gameplay starting the 1:13:11 timestamp of the stream:

Like in BOTW, it’s also best to avoid attacking stronger enemies head on, and make a strategy instead: After you dodge an enemy’s strong attack, they have a Weak Point Gauge appearing, which you can deplete by attacking at the right time. If you manage to empty the gauge, you can trigger a powerful Smash attack.

You can also gather items during battle and use them to recover your health. Overall it’s the same as the first Hyrule Warriors but with BOTW elements. There’s the slowmo when you dodge at the last moment too.

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The game uses many gameplay systems from BOTW, such as Link being able to Bullet Time when using his bow midair. He can shieldsurf too. The same sound effects as in Breath of the Wild are included too.

We also saw a cutscene with Link saving Impa, that’s also how the egg like small guardian thing is introduced. Impa then fights together with Link. That’s when Link gets the Sheika Slate too. You can use the bombs to break the shields and defenses of stronger enemies. Note that while it initially seems like time is freezing when Link does that, it’s only because that’s the tutorial showing you how to do it. Using the Sheikah slate doesn’t freeze time.

We got to see some Impa gameplay too. A new trailer was published as well, focusing on the playable heroes of each race.

We have the Japanese and the English version of the trailer below:


Next, we learned players with a BOTW save will unlock a wooden sword in Age of Calamity.

Lastly, they introduced the goods included in the Japanese limited edition of the game.

As the stream ended, the staff mentioned they specifically showed Link and Impa gameplay to show us how each character’s gameplay will be completely different. They also confirmed pretty much all the enemies appearing in BOTW will be back here. They mentioned the game will have some new systems they haven’t introduced yet, and how enemy AI wil be different since this is a Musou game. Judging from this comment, it looks like we won’t have billions of Lynels simultaneously attacking, and with the same aggressiveness as in BOTW.

Once the stream ended, the official profile of Impa was also published on Twitter:

“Impa is a Sheikah and a member of the Hyrule administration. While still young, Impa has the complete trust of Zelda and is a great help for managing Hyrule Kingdom. Impa is a hard worker with a serious personality, though she does let herself go at times.”

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When the game was first announced, Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma also gave us a short development update on the Breath of the Wild sequel, According to multiple reports, Nintendo is planing in 2021 to release a new Switch model and major games.

Be sure to check our TGS 2020 coverage and our schedule to keep track of everything happening. In particular, Koei Tecmo staff on this stream confirmed more new info on Age of Calamity is coming on the September 27 stream at 0400 ET (other time zones) on the Dengeki Online + Famitsu Game Live Japan 2020 stream.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He plays Genshin Impact for the story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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