How Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 might not completely ignore Hyrule Warriors: Age of Cataclysm

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the biggest hits on Nintendo Switch, and no wonder considering the quality it offers. For this reason, it is not surprising that its sequel is one of the most anticipated games.

According to what has been shared, it will follow the events of the first game, but what about Hyrule Warriors: Age of Cataclysm, will it ignore it completely?

ScreenRant dismisses this idea, and posits how this musou could influence the sequel to Breath of the Wild. This is the premise they take from the first Breath of the Wild:

This game brought all three timelines together. It is prophesied that Ganon, after being sealed in Hyrule Castle, will return and destroy the world. This leads to the call for Link, the great knight of Hyrule, so that he can purge Ganon’s influence from the realm and defeat the villain once and for all.

And this from The Age of Cataclysm:

The Age of Cataclysm in turn takes place approximately 100 years before the beginning of Zelda’s timeline. Terrak, a tiny guardian and friend of Zelda, travels back in time to warn the Hylians of the impending cataclysm. This allows Zelda, Link and the Chosen of Hyrule to prepare for the coming battle and defeat Ganon instead of sealing him off, eliminating what happened in Breath of the Wild. These events created a new timeline division in Zelda: one in which Link defeats the Cataclysm.

Based on this, they suggest that the sequel could feature elements of The Age of Cataclysm based on these points:

  • In the sequel trailer, Link already has the Master Sword he got in Age of Cataclysm and, in an era of peace, it would not have been lost or stolen. That weapon would be reminiscent of The Age of Cataclysm.
  • The Gerudo jewels on the warrior’s reanimated body hint that this body is the human form of Ganon, Ganondorf.
  • If Ganon has already been defeated as in Age of Cataclysm, it would make sense for Ganondorf to be the main villain in the sequel.