Ever since Hyrule Warriors was initially announced back in November 2013, many fans have been wondering about whether or not the game will be considered part of the official franchise canon, and if it has a place in the famous Zelda timeline. In a Game Informer interview, Eiji Aonuma has confirmed that Hyrule Warriors will not be part of the main franchise, and the game does not have a place in the Zelda timeline.

“Within the Zelda canon, there is the timeline, but there has always been the sense of the main story and kind of a side story” Aonuma said. “With Hyrule Warriors, there is a link between the two, but it exists as a separate dimension, so it doesn’t exist as part of the main canon.” Aonuma compared Hyrule Warriors to The Avengers in the sense that the game is a crossover between different characters from throughout the Zelda series and multiple timelines.

Game Informer further questioned Aonuma, and asked him if Hyrule Warriors could fit anywhere in the existing timeline. Aonuma states that, “The universe of Hyrule Warriors really is sort of a different universe and it is connected to the timeline of the Zelda series, but it is connected to several different games throughout the series.” He feels that the game doesn’t fit into the timeline since it incorporates elements from games in the series that take place during different segments of the overall Zelda timeline.

Be sure to check out Game Informer for the full interview with Aonuma.

  • Iván Pérez

    That means that if the game wouldn’t do that: take elements from different zeldas in the timeline…then he would considered the game as canon oh my god.

    I want this game so bad, and the zelda 2015 too *-*

    • Domingo Cardona

      what he basically means is that the story canon would probably be in the same vein as Dissidia Final Fantasy, where all those were different Final Fantasy characters in one world rather than in their own respective universes.

      so this game’s story could be something along those same lines as “oh we are all from different Zelda games but we were sent here for some reason” or something similar.

      • eByTech

        …Like how Smash Bros technically wouldn’t be considered canon either.

      • Pedro Vasconcelos

        Perhaps all of these other game’s appearances are caused by Cia’s portals through time and space (I don’t remember if she did them or not, but they are related) just like when Cosmos and Chaos recruited their armies in dissidia.

        • doubleO7

          If that ends up being the case, and there is a plot-related reason for all the crossover characters, then the super fans can/will probably be able to place it somewhere in the timeline regardless of whether its canon to the other Zelda games or not.

          • Domingo Cardona

            but that’s the thing about it. you can’t really add it anywhere on the timeline considering it’s just going to be an alternate world where a (new?) link is pulled into it and then the game begins.

            you can’t really pick any point in the timeline to add it to because you don’t even know if this link is a brand new one or if he’s from the other games.

            and for all we know the ending of this game’s story could be “lol time to remove your memories of this experience and send you back” or something that makes it so it has no place in the timeline.

            in short…this game won’t have any place in the LoZ timeline unless fans just want to create another “alternate universe” timeline next to the others where this game is the first one.

          • doubleO7

            I see what you mean, but I have no doubt that eagle-eyed fans will come up with someplace in the timeline it could hypothetically have been placed, or at least a point where it may have broken off from the canon timeline and, like you mention in your last paragraph, takes place in a fan-created alternate timeline branch.

            It does make me wonder though, since Aonuma said that while the game isn’t canon it does have ties to the main timeline, if this Midna is the “real” Midna from TW, pulled to the time of HW by something that happens in the plot (ditto for any other crossover/returning characters from past games)? I drool at the possibilities.

          • Domingo Cardona

            If that were the case then where’s the timeline addition for Super Smash Bros? or how about the Sonic Lost World dlc? you’re overthinking this a bit tbh nobody’s going to try and put this into the timeline unless YOU personally make it your mission to keep mentioning this at everything LoZ related to get people to talk about it.

            you literally have to think about this as Smash Bros/Dissidia Final Fantasy version of LoZ because there are lots of mixed up things there that don’t make sense canon wise, like how the Majora’s Mask moon is still active in that world while Midna is there (so what happened? thought Link solved the Majora crisis years ago in Termina and left to become the Hero’s Shade) among other things.

            it’s just not going to make any sense at all, and no “eagle-eyed fans” are going to change that unless Aonuma somehow explains the various things in the game, which I doubt he will since it’s just a LoZ skinned Dynasty Warriors game.

          • doubleO7

            My mission? Far from it. You seem to be interpreting my comments much more seriously than I intended. I love speculation, and I simply think it would be a fun, hypothetical thing to speculate about and discuss. I have no intention of stopping though, its way too much fun.

            I certainly don’t want to annoy anyone though. Rather than discussing it any further in the comments here, I don’t mind keeping my speculation confined to one of the HW threads, if that’s preferable.

          • Domingo Cardona

            Yeah it would be fun, but yes your comments give the impression that you’re seriously considering that Zelda fans are going to discuss how to add this into the timeline, even when it has no real place in it.

            You’re not really annoying anyone, just a misunderstanding is all.

  • Darkstar

    “With Hyrule Warriors, there is a link between the two” I bet there is a “link” between a bunch of his hints lol

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    Good. That means the developers don’t necessarily have to feel constrained to keep one element out or another in.

  • Anthony Moseley

    Makes sense.

  • Keimori

    In short, It’s a parallel universe, therefore not canon.
    Just like most crossover or spinoff games.

    • JaidynReiman

      Funny thing is, Aonuma flat-out confirms in the interview that spinoff =/= non-canon. This game is non-canon but for totally different reasons.

  • Me

    I hope they include another version of Link with different moves.

  • Trinosaur

    This relieves me

  • Loki

    I have to say I’m slightly dissapointed. I was hoping it would.

  • Jacob De Paz

    It’s just a “whatever” game, people. It’s about as canon as Crossbow Training or any of the Smash Bros. games: not at all.