First and foremost, that headline is the most skin-crawlingly nerdy thing we've ever committed to virtual paper, and we write about video games professionally on a daily basis. Moving on
In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine (as transcribed by ZeldaDungeon
), Eiji Aonuma commented on the placement of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
in the oft-speculated timeline of the franchise. More notable than the game's positioning was Aonuma's confirmation of an overarching Zelda
timeline -- though he explained that it's a "confidential document" to which only "myself, Mr. Miyamoto and the director of the title" have access.
Aonuma revealed that Skyward Sword
comes before Ocarina of Time
in said timeline, but wouldn't comment on whether it's the first game in the chronological series. He explained, "for us to add titles to the series, we have to have a way of putting the titles before or after each other," hence the secrecy. That makes sense -- as long as they're all comfortable with the swirling, black morass of insanity
that's surfaced due to their reticence.