Well we know it's not before OoT because the Temple of Time is there and is in complete ruin. Wouldn't be all fucked before OoT.Sir Real wrote:If I recall correctly, Ganon was definitively killed in the original Legend of Zelda; Zelda II, which is currently the last game in the Hero Dies timeline, had enemies attempting to use Link's blood to revive Ganon, but they ultimately failed. I thought this might be the Child timeline, but your idea kind of makes sense; hell, they could even shove in another timeline divergence with Zelda II; one where Link survives and one where he's killed and Ganon is revived, leading to the events of Breath of the Wild. Alternatively, this could be a version of the Adult timeline in which the Goddesses chose not to flood the world; that would explain why Hyrule is in ruins and why there are Koroks. I just hope they don't set it before Ocarina of Time, because that wouldn't make any sense at all. Unfortunately, that seems like it might be the case, since (unless I'm mistaken) this is the first time in the series' chronology since Skyward Sword that the goddess Hylia has been mentioned.
Also something about Zelda II is that Ganon can be revived. In both other timelines, Ganon's dead. Like, dead dead. He died. Outright. Couldn't come back. And both times he died because he was killed with the Master Sword. In the Child Timeline, Ganondorf eventually is reincarnated but he's not the same as the original, he's just the same soul, just like Link and Zelda.
He's beaten down with the Master Sword in ALttP and ALBW but it's never a serious death blow like in the other timelines. It seems more that he loses his form but stays "alive" and waiting to be revived.
Of course, another option is that it's after Four Swords Adventure. Dramatically after. Because that does also have the reincarnated Ganon there, and after Link returns the Master Sword in TP, it isn't seen again at all in that timeline either. However, the leap from those two games would have to be really, really drastic. The Link in BotW has been sleeping for a hundred years, and it seems to be implying he fought Ganon already and failed. Meaning Hyrule would have had to have gone from being extremely active and bustling to almost completely dead in a hundred years. after Ganon attacks once.
It seems more likely to me that it's in the ALttP timeline simply because Hyrule was in a steady decline through that whole timeline, in Zelda II it's made really clear that while there's towns and Hyrule exists as a more complete entity, it's nowhere near the same level of prosperity that it was in almost any other game. A massive, interconnected world with long travel times and small towns you can use as resting points that are long distances apart screams Zelda II more than any other game, and would really fit the overall apocalypse theme.