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.