'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Backstory Revealed

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 18, 2017 07:43 PM EST

The upcoming "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" starts with Link being awoken from a 100-year sleep. Players are left wondering about what happened prior to the beginning of the game. Fans also want to know why Link was in stasis for such a long time. Thanks to some hardcore fans, gamers can now understand the prior events leading up to the game.

During the Nintendo Treehouse live stream last week, Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo of America gave fans a peak at the included map that comes with the limited editions of the open-world RPG. A tapestry is reportedly featured on the back of the map item and shows scripts in Sheikah/Hylian language. Siliconera reports that fans have decoded the text which fleshes out the game's backstory.

According to the map, the natives of the land where "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" takes place share stories of their past. The tales speak of a time when multiple races worked and lived in relative peace with one another. They talked about the Sheikah Tribe and their blue aura, which covers the land and the "mutual prosperity" they all enjoyed until a "cataclysmic disaster struck."

The story also details that a hero and the princess tried to save the land by sealing the terror, which was eventually called "Calamity Ganon." The incident caused "Divine Beasts" to wake up and spread their mechanical armies across the land. Due to their fear, the king and his subjects broke Ganon's power and had him sealed. It ends with the Sheikah being banished from the land since then.

According to VG24/7, YouTube user Zeltik worked on the translation together with other community members. The Sheikah text was apparently translated into Japanese first, then subsequently into English. "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" will launch together with the Nintendo Switch on March 3, 2017.

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