Princess Zelda isn’t the one in peril, and with no clear placement for the game on the official Zelda timeline, Tri Force Heroes looks to shake up a few things when it releases this fall. In an interview with Game Informer, Hiromasa Shikata, the game’s director, spoke more of the world that the three heroes will work together to save.

“It’s a kingdom that is sort of fashion-obsessed,” Shikata explained when asked about the story. In response to an evil that affects this kingdom’s princess, its king puts out a call for heroes to help. Link answers the call, and thus the story begins.

“With the history of Zelda we have these three parallel worlds. I can’t say which one it’s in”

But the princess isn’t Zelda this time around, and Shikata is unable to say where, exactly, Tri Force Heroes sits on the often-contended timeline. Shikata himself admits the timeline is “complicated,” and while the design of Tri Force Heroes is drawn from A Link Between Worlds, the game doesn’t necessarily come right before or after its predecessor.

“We haven’t really settled on that,” Shikata said of the game’s timeline placement. “With the history of Zelda we have these three parallel worlds. I can’t say which one it’s on/in at this point.”

Does this mean Tri Force Heroes will be left out of the canonical timeline? It’s hard to say, given the game does indeed star a character referred to as “Link,” but strays from the land of Hyrule. Until official word comes out, it will be up to the fans to pin this game’s placement down on the timeline.

  • DimensionalRanger

    It’s moments such as these where I’m painfully reminded that this is nothing more than a video game, ouch :(.

    • JasonBall

      What did you think they were?

  • Ryan Haney

    “With the history of Zelda we have these three parallel worlds. I can’t say which one it’s on/in at this point.”

    Is he talking about the three timelines in Hyrule History, or Hyrule/Lorule/Termina? If he’s talking about H/L/T, what about the Sacred Realm and the ruined Dark World of ALTTP?

    • Linus

      Quote from the article:
      “Where is Triforce Heroes in the Zelda timeline?

      That’s a tough question. The Zelda timeline is “complicated” and if you look at the history of Zelda you will see there are three branches. I can’t really designate which one of those branches we’re looking at, but as far as the design itself, we looked to Link Between Worlds. But it’s not – as far as a timeframe – it’s not before or after. We haven’t really settled on that.”

      So its the timeline he is talking about.
      But its not Hyrule, that is he clear about too.
      Quote:

      “What is the basic story revolving around Triforce Heroes?

      The story takes place in a world that is not Hyrule. ……”

  • Tris

    I don’t see how being in a place other than Hyrule would affect the games capability to officially make it’s way into the timeline. Majoras Mask does “…star a character referred to as ‘Link,’ but strays from the land of Hyrule” after all. But then again it was a continuation of Link’s adventure in Hyrule.