After Nintendo's glorious reveal of the new 2017 Legend of Zelda title - Breath of the Wild - we were given lots of trailer and gameplay footage to marvel at. Naturally, these kinds of revelations spark much debate and theorising amongst series enthusiasts, including where it could belong on the almighty Zelda timeline. Now before you "anti-timeliners" bash away at your keyboard in the comments section, these are just a couple of ideas for those who give a Goron about the timeline, and are not to be taken too seriously.
Theory 1 - The Wind Waker Sequel - The Adult Timeline
There's a lot of evidence to suggest Breath of the Wild takes place after the events of The Wind Waker, making this theory one of the most popular. Firstly, Koroks make their return in the game, a race evolved from Ocarina of Time's Kokiris that were present during the events of The Wind Waker. There's been some speculation that after the land of Hyrule was submerged in water, the Koroks helped resurrect the land by planting mass amounts of trees and plantations with seeds collected from The Great Deku Tree (Link learns this annual practice of the Korok during the game), hence why this Hyrule is vast with plains of green, worn-down structures, and hardly any new-looking buildings in sight.
In addition, we met an old man during Bill Trinen's gameplay demonstration of Breath of the Wild, who looked very reminiscent of King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule. He's also not too keen to tell the player who he is and wears concealing clothing - perhaps to mask away his identity. The rusty and wearied looking Master Sword could also be a clue that Breath of the Wild's Hyrule was once submerged in depths of water. Finally, Breath of the Wild's Shrine designs seem quite familiar to that of the The Wind Waker's Tower of the Gods dungeon, so perhaps there's a connection there.
Theory 2 - Ocarina of Time Sequel - The Downfall Timeline
This theory could be plausible (and is one this writer thought of and wants to believe!) as one of the first things we witnessed in yesterday's trailer was a voice telling Link to "wake up". Of course, this is a recurring theme in most Zelda games, however this awakening is a little different. In the opening portion of gameplay, Link awakens from a 100-year-long slumber in the Shrine of Resurrection. Perhaps this mysterious area is the Chamber of Sages where Link once slept before for seven years in his transition from child to adulthood in Ocarina of Time. Furthermore, it could be suggested that the result of Link being defeated by Ganon in the final events of Ocarina of Time is what caused this mega power nap.
Additionally, the voice tells Link "You are the light - our light - that must shine upon Hyrule once again." Is this all evidence to suggest that the Link in Breath of the Wild is the almighty "Hero of Time"? Finally, the overall layout of the areas and landmarks of this Hyrule are quite reminiscent of that of Ocarina of Time, but that's a pretty loose connection in all honesty.
An older theory is that Breath of the Wild is a direct sequel to Skyward Sword (and some still do believe this), however there's much evidence in the new footage and information we've gathered to suggest this as false, such as the inclusion of the Korok race.
Of course, there are loopholes in both of these theories and so should only be taken lightly, but it can be fun (for those who are interested) to use the new footage and information we have to start concocting all sorts of thought-provoking ideas. What are your thoughts? Do you have a theory of your own not mentioned here?