The teaser-packed 10-minute Zelda Tears of the Kingdom gameplay video finally showed what the treehouses had taken many hours to present during the Zelda Breath of the Wild era. Thanks to her, we got an excellent overview (without showing too much) of what Link’s new powers have in store for us: after Amalgame, we now look at the Emprise case and vehicle crafting.
Create your own vehicles!
A completely crazy idea, but we can only applaud that with both hands. If we saw Eiji Aonuma retroactively use the power to reach one of Hyrule’s many air islands, there is no doubt that some of them are only accessible with your own resources. And for that you will have to use Emprise to glue together different mechanisms: the mechanical golems that hang around in the air seem to take advantage of advanced technologies and Link will be able to put this to good use by restoring mechanisms from their structures.
Using Grip on his arm, Link can carry and stick large objects together. This is interesting, because it is possible to distinguish two types of objects : those who will help fuse weapons with amalgam and large materials for the construction of new and / or crazy means of transport. Grabbing an element allows our hero to rotate and orient it as he pleases, before directly attaching it to another simply by pressing A. Grip then works like super glue. It is possible to separate two pieces by swinging the right stick from right to left for a second. There remains a gray area: the moment when Link taps the sail to send his raft flying thanks to the thrusters placed on the 4 corners of the vehicle. Are all elements covered with Emprise attached with invisible knots? This would explain why everything reacts at once thanks to a simple swing of the sword.
What restrictions on construction?
That is the big question to be answered on May 12. This mechanic holds promise and can lead to a lot of very fun gameplay situations, but it certainly has to obey a slew of rules and restrictions that prevent you from burning your Nintendo Switch trying to reproduce the Millennium Falcon. Whatever happens, there will certainly be plenty to do, especially if our theory of building challenges is true, with small workshops scattered across Hyrule.