The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has kept fans waiting in anticipation for quite some time. However, it seems that certain overzealous gamers, Discord users, and Redditors have beaten Nintendo to the punch and leaked some well-guarded aspects of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s artwork and gameplay. Moreover, it’s also speculated that a ROM file of the game has also surfaced on the internet, allowing certain people with the entire game file. This file is said to be available online on several pirate sites, enabling gamers to play the title on their PCs.
The leaked gameplay footage was reportedly streamed on several private Discord servers and a pretty massive Reddit thread (which we wouldn’t recommend if you want to enjoy the game without any spoilers). Courtesy of 4chan, these leaks have made their way everywhere, including image sharing sites such as Imgur.
WARNING: Spoilers in the form of character/enemy designs ahead.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay footage, artwork, and story spoilers leaked online
A sequel to 2017’s Nintendo Switch launch title Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the new game, as seen in official trailers and gameplay content, is set to be an instant blockbuster. While a majority of Zelda series enthusiasts were experiencing official gameplay demo by series producer Eiji Aonuma, released on March 28, 2023, others turned to leaking Nintendo’s well-kept secret.
An art book, supposed to be dispatched with collector’s edition of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been leaked, with over 200 images from the book flying around online. While Nintendo is trying their hard to stop the spreading and preserve the hard work of many a brilliantartists, the artworks just keep cropping up.
he looks fucking ridiculous i love him to pieces 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/blsxw07Z1G
— ruby (@rredrriot) February 20, 2023
Hyrulians struggling to keep away from spoilers of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Found inventory listings from vendors. This is seeming to be proving the mercari copy of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom was likely real. UPC inventory codes match up with the copy that was posted.
Also the game is in warehouses. pic.twitter.com/HjOZNp69gA
— Pory (@pory_leeks) April 30, 2023
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is set to release on May 12, 2023, and dedicated fans seem to have much trouble keeping themselves ‘spoiler-free.’ A twitter user Pory has also claimed to have found certain vendors selling physical copy of the game – a whopping two weeks prior to its international release. While they have found a way to enjoy this game early, Pory has maintained an angle of informer and refused to drop any spoilers. Many Reddit and discord users are spreading awareness about this leak and urging honest and patient gamers to block certain keywords, such as Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, TOTK, Zelda Tears of Kingdom, in their browsers, as to avoid any unwanted spoilers.
Nintendo, with a longstanding history of intolerance towards leakers, are trying to identify and take legal action against Discord users who have caused this trouble.