‘Tears of the Kingdom’ Theory Teases the Surprising Return of a Classic Zelda Mechanic
Since first trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was released, theories were stirred about how the game might handle dungeons and/or shrines. Will it return to the classic sprawling dungeons of classic games in the series or will it focus on smaller puzzle-based experiences like the shrines in breath of the wild. A content creator recently pointed out how seven dungeons would make thematic sense while also assuaging fans’ desires to return to a more classic approach. Commonwealth realm delves into the history of the Zelda series with dungeons, Eastern religions and patterns of seven in a compellingly complex plot.
It begins with seven spirals, seven regions and seven chakras.
Seven spirals — The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom The September 2022 trailer opens with a close-up of a hieroglyphic wall, decorated with what looks like a deity surrounded by seven magatama-like spirals. If these spirals resemble the Sheikah tapestry of breath of the wild, they could be hinting at the journey ahead. The Sheikah ended up being the main tribe featured in breath of the wildespecially its technology like the Sheikah Slate.
Then there is the religious aspect.
tears of the kingdom director Hidemaro Fujibayashi was one of the first to break the series’ “religious boundary” with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. According Commonwealth realmthe fourth dungeon is typically the “first” dungeon of the main act and therefore one of the most important. skyward swordthe fourth dungeon ancient cistern and its multi-arms golden robot boss strongly reference Buddhist deities and aesthetics.
Seven regions — The The Legend of Zelda the world has seven provinces outside the center of Hyrule. This is where Ganon resides, so it will probably be a destination in Tears of the Kingdom rather than part of the journey. That hasn’t stopped Zelda games from pushing players into an early boss dungeon, like when Link first entered the Abandoned Fortress in Wind Waker then revisited, but still. The fact is that one of these regions is not like the others and could even be a mobile point rather than a fixed dungeon to visit.
Seven chakras — Commonwealth Realm also suggests it may represent the “third eye” in the seven chakra theory: one moving point among six fixed ones. It could indicate a trip where Link unlock different powers until he is ready to fight Ganondorf (or whoever else at the end of this game). The maybe also dragons involved, given the three dragons (similar to the series’ three iconic goddesses) that intersect at specific points along the map.
In short, his theory connects the seven spirals to the possible relationship with Eastern religion based on the Zelda the history of the series and the style of the current director. We can’t know for sure if there’s anything there until launch, but other theorists also highlighted the dragons’ striking movement patterns.
It’s important to note that even without all of these theoretical interconnects and hashes, fans who clamor for dungeons in the breath of the wild the sequel is nothing new. The dev team might not even have something as complex as the Connections of Seven in mind, even if it touches on some overlooked lore. This little piece of history woven into Hyrule’s religious themes is worth considering, though.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will launch on the Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.