If you thought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 might have made an appearance last year, you weren't the only one. Recent documents have highlighted that as of August 2020, Microsoft believed it would be contending against the game, alongside other Nintendo exclusives.
As IGN reports, the ongoing Apple vs. Epic Games trial bought some internal documents forward (that now appear to be have removed from the public eye) as evidence, which suggested Microsoft had some high expectations for Nintendo's performance last year. According to the documents, dated August 2020, Microsoft had predicted Nintendo's October to December slate to feature The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.
But that's not all, as Microsoft also prepared for Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3, and Shin Megami Tensei 5 to also release in that period. It's possibly a bit of wishful thinking, but we suppose it's always best to plan for the worse case scenario - especially with a shiny new console coming out. Another interesting note is a redacted mention about PlayStation 5 launch titles, which as IGN suggests, could be an indication that Microsoft knew about a Sony launch title which didn't end up making the cut and is yet to be announced.
Even with Microsoft's optimism, Nintendo fans are still left clamouring for news regarding all of those titles. Whether this year will see any of them coming head-to-head with Xbox remains to be seen. Nintendo has promised an update on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 at some point this year, but whether it will release is another question entirely.
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