From its initial announcement, one of the first questions Zelda fans asked was where Breath of the Wild fits in the timeline. The answer? We still don’t know.
Eiji Aonuma had previously reported that Breath of the Wild occured after Ocarina of Time, but didn’t provide more information than that. His reasoning was he didn’t want to constrict the development team with concerns of plotholes or molding the game around the timeline. Above all else, the story was most important. Without the restrictions of previous titles holding them back, the team was free to do what they wanted with the game.
Over half a year has passed since Breath of the Wild was released and Aonuma still doesn’t have a concrete answer on timeline placement. In a recent interview with Jeuxvideo, Aonuma reiterated that story comes first and the game’s placement will be determined later. He stated it would be great if they could find a place for it on the timeline that doesn’t contradict previous titles, but it isn’t a huge concern for him or the team.
The same interview was referenced in an earlier article about why Hero’s Path was held for DLC, among other things, if you’re interested in what else Aonuma discussed.
Based on what you’ve seen in Breath of the Wild, where do you feel it fits within the timeline?