Eiji Aonuma Says Breath of the Wild Will Never Be Placed in the Timeline

The Legend of Zelda series producer and one of the major creative minds behind the most commercially successful Zelda game of all time, Breath of the Wild, has come out to give a long winded explanation for why he, nor anyone else on the Zelda team, will ever reveal (or potentially attempt) to give an exact placement for Breath of the Wild on the official timeline:

“The final thing I’d like to convey to all of our players is that video games, not just Zelda, can go much, much farther! We got a lot of responses from adult players who said they felt the same way playing this game as they did when they used to be hooked on video games when they were younger.”

We made this game with the intention of returning to our roots, so the response from players about feeling the same as they had when they were young is promising. Since Nintendo Switch is portable, I hope that they will be able to engage deeply with the game in a fresh, new way too.”

In books like the recently released The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, we revealed where each Zelda game fell on a timeline and how their stories related, but we didn’t do that for Breath of the Wild. There is a reason for that. With this game, we saw just how many players were playing in their own way and had those reactions I just mentioned. 

We realized that people were enjoying imagining the story that emerged from the frag-mental imagery we were providing. If we defined a restricted timeline, then there would be a definitive story, and it would eliminate the room for imagination, which wouldn’t be as fun.

We want players to be able to continue having fun imagining this world even after they are finished with the game, so, this time, we decided that we would avoid making clarifications. I hope that everyone can find their own answer, in their own way.”

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Of course, this same logic could have been applied to the releasing of literally any timeline placement for any game, let alone the entirety of the official timeline via Hyrule Historia. Still, we know it’s 10,000 years after Ocarina of Time and that likely, most of the games made going forward happen after this one. That being said, Zelda theorist can rejoice in knowing that every placement theory will continue to be argued about and hold some merit for as long as Nintendo refuses to open up.