The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably one of the best entries in the franchise, however, fans of the series who are invested in the game’s lore and games’ timeline couldn’t quite pinpoint when exactly does Breath of the Wild take place within the Zelda universe.
Well, producer Eiji Aonuma finally provided the answer, it doesn’t fall within any timeline, it is just a standalone game. He continued to explain why did the studio decide to exclude Breath of the Wild from the series’ timeline, since he wanted people to enjoy “imagining the story that emerged from the fragmental imagery” the game provided.
“[With Breath of the Wild] 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. 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 fragmental 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.”
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available on Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles. In other news, Aonuma mentioned his hopes of future Zelda titles to have the same level of freedom Breath of the Wild currently offers players.
[Source: Nintendo Insider]