How do you keep track of it all!?
The Legend of Zelda fans love picking apart every bit of lore and story the games offer, trying to figure out how they slot into the grand scheme of things. Of course, with each subsequent entry in the franchise, there’s more to consider and decipher.
As the series grows in popularity and numbers, it also grows in storyline complexity. This is something Nintendo is very well aware of.
Coming off of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you might be curious as to where the game fits into the series’ overall timeline. That discussion gets quite interesting when considering Skyward Sword as well, as both games offer insight into the ‘beginnings’ of Hyrule. Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi spoke on this, as well as the story and lore of Zelda in general in an interview with Famitsu. (h/t Nintendo Everything)
“It is definitely a story after Breath of the Wild. After that, basically, we are thinking about how not to break the story and world of The Legend of Zelda. Those are the two points I can say at this point in time.
I think if it doesn’t collapse, fans can have the space to wonder various things like “So that means that is possible?”. If we only speak of the possibilities, if there is the story of Hyrule’s founding, it is also possible that Hyrule has collapsed in its history once before. I don’t randomly make things by saying “Isn’t it interesting if we did this here?”, so even for the parts we did not tell, I hope you enjoy imagining it. “