Dark Horse Bringing The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia to the West

The prayers and dreams of The Legend of Zelda fans outside of Japan are finally being answered. Well, some fans, anyway.

Dark Horse Comics has announced that they will be bringing last year’s 25th anniversary art and guidebook, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, to the West as a 9″ x 12″ hardcover book for $34.99 on January 16th, 2013. However, this is not a player’s guide; rather, it shows the history of The Legend of Zelda through official and developmental art and anecdotes, as well as finally producing the timeline for the series, which is as controversial as it is official.

And it is due to that controversy that we say “some fans'” prayers have been answered. Over the series’ 25-year history, people have formulated their own theories about how the games work, from each iteration being a different retelling of the same basic story to some rather elaborate timelines, including some with two branching timelines. Nintendo has teased for years that they have an official timeline of where each game is placed hidden away in their Japanese headquarters, and have only now finally chosen to release it. The revelation that there are three branching timelines has been met with some resistance, particularly from those who believe it all makes less sense that way.

In addition to all of this, the larger English version of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia will include a manga story from Akira Himekawa and a foreword by Nintendo EAD General Manager and Zelda co-creator Shigeru Miyamoto.

The book is available for pre-order now on Amazon.ca for the reduced price of $27.99.

Source: IGN

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