I have no reason to doubt that the gameplay of this game will be fantastic. I really liked BOTW, so I will probably really like this one, as it game seems similar enough to it with added and polished mechanics (and hopefully real Dungeons).
If I have concerns regarding this game, they pertain to the story and I’ve had them ever since they announced this as a direct sequel to BOTW, taking place on largely the same map shortly after the end of that game.
So, let me put on my lefty speculative amateur media critic hat and be a bit annoying for a second:
My major (so far mostly unfounded, I admit) fear for the story of TOTK is that at the end of the game, the Kingdom of Hyrule that was destroyed by Ganon a hundred years ago is going to be reinstated (or at least beginning to be reinstated). This would be classic, simple Nintendo storytelling, as their big franchises have, for decades, fared well with the formula of: Bad Guy does bad stuff → hero defeats bad guy → stuff goes away → everyone’s happy, thankful and goes back to their lives → the end. It is simple, yet engaging and therefore mostly works.
This time though, this well-trodden formula would backfire badly imo. Nintendo decided to not only have Ganon attack the kingdom of Hyrule and have Link rescue it. No, they decided to have Link fail at his task and Ganon be almost victorious, if it wasn’t for some convenient Zelda magic to keep him at bay for a hundred years. Enough time for Link to recover and come back to finish the job. In the process of that war though, as BOTW clearly explains, the kingdom of Hyrule was destroyed, the King himself, as well as everyone around him ended up dead (or “ghostified”) and the princess, trapped beyond a magic barrier, was impossible to reach. The kingdom of Hyrule ceased to exist.
Yet, life went on and the game wouldn’t have been called Breath of the Wild and designed to be the way it is, if Nintendo didn’t want to evoke the image of a somewhat idyllic, post-post apocalyptic Hyrule full of new thriving communities that seem to enjoy life and the world they live in. Sure, there are the occasional Ganon-monsters roaming around, but until the start of the game, they weren’t that big of a problem and even then, people seem to be able to deal with them just fine.
The game is quick to remind you that lurking in the background of this idyllic land is the ticking time-bomb of Ganon that threatens to return, if Link doesn’t destroy/seal/whatever him for good. The game ends with Ganon indeed being defeated and Zelda freed, but we don’t get to see what anyone does afterwards.
Then this direct sequel, TOTK, got announced and it quickly became clear that though Ganon was defeated, Ganondorf was (as usual) still around/back at it again and that the big overarching evil of that universe, hadn’t been vanquished after all, which will be the task for Link and Zelda this time around. That begs the question: what will happen to this new Hyrule and its people in the process? This time Ganondorf can’t destroy the kingdom of Hyrule. The kingdom of Hyrule doesn’t exist. Hard to destroy or take over what doesn’t exist.
“Do not look away. You witness a king’s revival and the birth of his new world.” - Ganondorf in the new trailer.
Where there exists a kingdom, there should exist a king. And where there exists a king, but no kingdom, it will have to be created. This appears to be a logical part of Ganondorf’s goal. Of course, in the face of such evil, the communities of Hyrule will need to unite and aid Link and Zelda in their heroic quest to defeat him, his empowered corrupted minions and his 'kingdom of evil" and then…then…then what? The quest is finally fulfilled, Ganon/Ganondorf has been vanquished, his evil minions are gone. Peace returns to Hyrule and its communities…or does it? Do Link and Zelda (who has long been liberated from being a princess) ride into the sunset and have fun adventures together, or will they strive to replace Ganondorf’s ‘kingdom of "evil’ with their ‘kingdom of good’. Will Nintendo succumb to their tropes and end up accidentally writing something deeply reactionary, or will they break out of them and be a bit ambitious? I guess we will find out next month.