Didn't they say around E3 that this game wasn't a part of the timeline?
They did but people got angry so I imagine this is them trying to make them happy
So... how does that work with the art style change? (Plus, this makes him the most-adventured Link, right? ALTTP, LA, OOA, OOS, ALBW and now TFH? Yeesh, guy needs to retire.)
ALBW Link isn't the same one from ALttP, though. I forget if they say how much time has passed, but it's definitely not the same ones. They have that scene in ALBW where you're looking at the artwork with Zelda that basically covers ALttP's story as a history. So it's at least a generation or two down the road.
So I just checked the bible (^^) and yes the hero from ALTTP is the most adventured of the whole series with him starring in ALTTP, OOA, OOS (which to be fair are kind of one big adventure) and LA in that order.
So that Link is in four different games (or three depending on how you look at it) when all the other Links are in one or two games at the most, like the OOT Link or the ones from LOZ or WW.
ALBW and now TFH has a different Link though. However it is indeed the first time that the same Link has two different art styles. I don't really think it's a problem though since this is primarily an artwork change and the two games share the same in game engine. Still it is kind of silly that they are even going through the trouble of adding this game in the timeline. But I think it's clear by now that there is a timeline that makes sense and that has the main games in it. This one is the one that really counts and is relevant and interesting. And then they sort of just throw the other spin off games in there for good measure.
I guess if there's anything that the Zelda Timeline has taught us, it's not to assume that the Link involved has anything to do with Wind Waker Link.
Despite looking exactly like him.
It's just a new twist that now the same Link can completely change his appearance and be the same one. I guess.
They never said it wasn't apart of the timeline, but that during E3 they hadn't decided where it fit yet.
*sigh* You know.........this "Zelda Timeline" business just gets messier and messier the more Nintendo continues to play along with fans who INSISTED there be one in the first place.
Me? I never gave a single s*** about the concept, in fact it's fairly nonsensical. I just take each game and enjoy it for what it is. They don't all "need" to be connected, to me. I almost wish that fans insisted on a similar "Final Fantasy Timeline", just for the headache inducing hilarity that would ensue. ;)
Love how people get all worked up about a timeline that was never meant to be and only got created recently for fan service.
Luckily it is not affecting their game development and they just put the games somewhere in the timeline that makes kinda sense, after they make them.
So they play it safe and advertise their other game ^^
Also fans chose the questions. It's a classic case of you want it, you got it so don't complain. Seriously who in their right mind would ask THIS particular question about THIS game. We don't care where the silly spin-off falls in the timeline.
I guess it's up to the fans to ask better questions then.