Everything you thought you knew about the Legend of Zelda timeline might be wrong.

Legend of Zelda series overseer Eiji Aonuma has added even more confusion and uncertainty to the discussions about the Legend of Zelda timeline. Hardcore fans of the series will know that the chronological order of the games has been the subject of much debate over the years; debates made even more complicated by conflicting information coming from Nintendo.

Speaking about the series’ music with GTTV, Aonuma said that all the games took place in a single timeline, but that it was secret and he couldn’t tell people what it was. This might not seem like such a big deal, but it possibly contradicts previous comments that he made that the series’ timeline split after Ocarina of Time, with Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess on one branch, and Wind Waker and its sequels on the other. Exactly where the other games fit on the timeline is the source of plenty of debate, but it seemed that that handful was at least set in stone. Of course, Aonuma could just be re-iterating that the series does have a chronological progression and isn’t just a series of isolated stories, but the ambiguity of his statement is sure to reignite some old debates.

I’m starting to think that if there is a timeline for the games, it’s the vaguest thing in the world. It’s not a case of “Well, Skyward Sword is set two hundred years before Ocarina of Time, and Twilight Princess comes a hundred years after,” but rather, “Skyward Sword is near the beginning, and Twilight Princess and Ocarina of Time are kind of in the middle somewhere. Ocarina probably comes first though.”

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which definitely (probably) comes before Ocarina of Time, comes out for the Wii on November 20th.

Source: via Shacknews

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