The Legend of Zelda Staff Only Considers the Timeline When it Doesn’t Limit Creativity & New Ideas

The Legend of Zelda Staff Only Considers the Timeline When it Doesn’t Limit Creativity & New Ideas

In an interview with outlet Game Informer, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom director Hidemaro Fujibayashi shared his thoughts on approaching the franchise’s timeline.

He stated that while the development team recognizes the fanbase’s discussion surrounding the series’ timeline, it is only considered to an extent. It is not strictly pursued to granular levels since he believes doing so would limit creativity. The idea is that paying too much attention to the overall timeline would impact the plans for future releases.

You can view the relevant question and response below:

When you’re developing a new Zelda title, obviously your primary focus is on core gameplay, but the timeline placement discussion has become more important and prevalent among the fans of the series. How much consideration and importance does the development team put into those discussions?

HF: As you mentioned, we realized that fans have a great time theorizing and enjoy thinking about where things fit on the timeline. That’s something that the development team recognizes and it considers, but to an extent. And I say, “to an extent” because if we get too into the weeds or too detailed in that placement, it results in kind of creating restraints for our creativity; the process of creating new ideas becomes restricted because we’re so tied up and trying to make this fit into a very specific spot in the timeline. We do consider it, but not to an extent where we feel that our development process feels restricted or constrained.

You can view the full Game Informer interview for additional comments.

The latest series release is The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom occurs after the events of Breath of the Wild, focusing on Link having to find Zelda after the two investigate treacherous ruins beneath Hyrule Castle. However, Link now possesses the right arm of a Zonai called Rauru, enabling access to powerful abilities that let player imagination run wild.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is now available on Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, check out our review.

In case you missed the news, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons are now available on Switch Online.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on Nintendo Switch.

An official live-action The Legend of Zelda movie is in development.

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