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The Legend of Zelda Official Timeline Has Been Changed…..Again

August 6, 2018
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Think you know the Zelda official timeline?  Think again!

Famitsu, a Japanese publication, recently sat down with Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and producer Eiji Aonuma to talk about Zelda.  From a top level view, here are a few key points:

  • Breath of the Wild falls at the very end of the timelines, however it is separate and not connected to any of them (strange huh?)
  • Within the “Fallen Hero” timeline “Link’s Awakening” is now before the two Oracle games

Here are is a small snippet from the interview:

Eiji Aonuma, series producer: “Well of course Zelda: Breath of the Wild is at the very end. But, I get what you’re asking, it’s which timeline is it the end of?”
Hidemaro Fujibayashi, director: “That’s… up to the player’s imagination, isn’t it?”
Aonuma: “Hyrule’s history changes with time. When we think of the next game and what we want to do with it, we might think, “Oh, this’ll fit well”, and place it neatly into the timeline, but sometimes we think, “Oh crap”, and have to change the placement. Actually, the decided history has been tweaked many times.” (laughs)
Fujibayashi: “Lately within the company, a term called ‘New Translation’ has cropped up. (laughs) Strictly speaking, we don’t change it, but rather new information and truths come to light.”
Famitsu: I see, so the way to interpret the lore of Breath of the Wild is still up for academic debate. (laughs)
Fujibayashi: “That’s why you should pay attention to future studies as well! Please look forward to it.” (laughs)

If you can read Japanese feel free to read the interview on the Famitsu website. (Google Translate is your friend!)

What do you think it could mean with Breath of the Wild being segregated from the other timelines at the end?  Do you think the next Zelda game could be what brings them together?  Why the placement change for “Link’s Awakening”?  This is  intriguing and we would love to chat about it in the comments below or feel free to create a topic in the Community forums!

SourceCode, aka Lucas Hughes, is the creator/owner of Nintendo Playroom.  He spends his days primarily as a husband/father/programmer/gamer.  He loves all things Nintendo and is very passionate about the Nintendo community.

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SourceCode, aka Lucas Hughes, is the creator/owner of Nintendo Playroom.  He spends his days primarily as a husband/father/programmer/gamer.  He loves all things Nintendo and is very passionate about the Nintendo community.

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