The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is playable at this year’s EB Expo in Sydney. But you have to win a competition to play it.
The game will be there. At the Expo. You have to pay money to attend the Expo, but only a select few will actually be allowed to play the game.
This news comes after rumours that EB Games would only allow customers — who had purchased four or more Zelda games on their EB World account — to play the game. There was a public outcry at that solution, this could be something of a response to that.
This is something of an issue. The Breath of the Wild demo is 45 minutes long and everyone wants to play. Clearly not everyone attending the Expo will be able to play. There simply aren’t enough units or time to satisfy demand. It seems that both Nintendo and EB Games had to figure out some way to restrict the demo to a select few. This competition appears to be that solution.
It’s unclear how many people will be given the chance to play. According to reports, only 333 people will be able to play the game at the EB Expo. That’s actually a decent sized number and, if that’s the case here, your odds are pretty good if you decide to enter.
The competition is titled ‘How Hyrule Are You?’ You have to prove how big a Zelda fan you are with a video, image or link (no pun intended) which you can upload here. Obviously, you need to purchase an EB Expo ticket to take part.
It sucks that Breath of the Wild access has to be restricted in this way — if you buy a ticket, you’d expect to have the same opportunity as everyone else — but is understandable given the circumstances and limitations of the demo. And a competition is a decent solution. Far better than the earlier, rumoured solution.
You can find out more about the competition here.