Everyone’s been enjoying Breath of the Wild so far, but the more enthusiast fans have been working on theories regarding the game’s timeline placement. Aonuma already revealed that the game places after the events of Ocarina of Time, but after that it becomes a complete blur. With pieces of evidence stemming from all three timelines, it is difficult to find concrete evidence that places the game in any one timeline split. In a recent interview with Gamerant, however, Breath of the Wild director Hidemaro Fujibayashi commented on the game’s placement on the timeline.

One of the things he made sure to state clearly was that the game is the latest game in the timeline, placing “long, long after any of the titles released to date.” This, according to Fujibayashi, will “allow the players to easily immerse themselves in the game.” He continues, saying, “Of course, regardless of the time period, the story does unfold in Hyrule so for those who’ve played other titles in the series there will be a lot of recognizable places to enjoy.”

Now that we know for sure that, regardless of what timeline in places in, it is the last one of the series, this should serve as a hint for theorists when looking for in-game evidence. However, in case you are still left wondering in which timeline it might fit in, Youtuber Commonwealth Realm made a video trying to assess the timeline placement of the game, in which he discusses the possibility of a convergence in the timeline, and even more splits further down the line with future Zelda titles. Check it out below.

The idea of future splits down the line sounds incredibly interesting (although incredibly tiresome as well, given how much this one split has given theorists already), but surely enough, answers will be provided in time, and like always, us fans have nothing to do except wait for those answers.

  • DimensionalRanger

    I believe it’s in the child timeline, that’s just what my gut is telling me.

  • Vladislak

    Well really the game heavily implied that already. So we still don’t have confirmation of which of the three timelines it takes place in (assuming there isn’t a new split or some convoluted convergence). It could theoretically take place in any of them.

    • MDH

      I agree. Considering the time gap of 10,000+ years, its position at the end was obvious, but besides that, it incorporates enough recognizable elements from all the timelines that it’s impossible to place it in any of them with any amount of certainty.
      And I believe that’s fully intentional, too, maybe as yet another signal of “stop thinking about this too much and enjoy the story standalone”.

  • Dreamwalker

    Sounds like they want to get rid of the split timelines and do some sort of reboot.