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Fresh Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage introduces a new area, offers glimpse at Zelda

And a new bird race!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild director Eiji Aounuma presented new footage of the upcoming open-world adventure at The Game Awards this morning.

Here's a quick tease of the game shown during the Awards pre-show, which gives us a glimpse at... is that Princess Zelda?

And here's the real meat of the showing - a quest into a fresh area of the game we've not seen before:

This new zone is called Zonai Ruins. Look closely and you'll see the game's Morrowind-like quest log.

We also see some more specifics of its combat system. Parry just before evading a hit and you can unleash a "flurry rush" of strikes. Furthermore, you can forego your shield, dedicating both hands to wielding a heavy weapon.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be out in 2017 on Wii U and Nintendo Switch. Eurogamer reported last month that the game would not make the Switch console's March release date, however.

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