Hyrule Historia’s New Cover and Teaser Trailer Released

JohnNovember 19th, 2012 by John

Hyrule Historia was released with much fanfare in Japan just under a year ago. Along with featuring never-before-seen concept art and interviews with the producers of the Zelda series, it featured for the first time an official timeline of the series; something which an innumerable number of fans had been pining after for years. After much complaints from the fans that possibly the most important document in the history of the Zelda series was a Japan only exclusive, Nintendo announced an English version with a late January release date in 2013. Fast-forward to today and Dark Horse has released the cover for the much anticipated book. Hit the jump to take a look!

You may be wondering why the English version has such a different cover to the Japanese release. Dark Horse editor Patrick Thorpe gave us this insight on the design.

“Hyrule Historia is a history book, not only about the development of the games, but the history of Hyrule as well. We wanted the reader to feel like they were stepping through the gate, back in time, and experiencing all aspects of the Legend of Zelda … But we loved the gate’s symbol because it is fraught with meaning, much of which is explained in different sections of the book, and appear again and again throughout the series. One of the other reasons is that there are Skyward Sword sections that bookend Hyrule Historia. It felt appropriate to put a symbol from the 25th anniversary game on the cover. I hope that you all like it as much as we do.”

Along with the new cover, Dark Horse have also released an accompanying teaser trailer to once again wet your appetite over the upcoming release. Check out the video below.

I think that the new cover design is interesting. The inclusion of the Gate of Time is certainly a departure from the Japanese cover, which did not feature any aspects from the series itself except the 25th Anniversary Logo, which is absent from this cover.

What do you think of the cover? Do you welcome the change or do you still prefer the original Japanese version? Tell us in the comments below!

Source: IGN

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  • Mikey Mann

    Covers of things change frequently when they are brought over here from Japan. I was anticipating a change and I think this is a great one. Love the green.

  • Marton

    Can’t wait to get this

  • MiniJen

    I’m literally drooling. I preordered my copy like a month ago and i can’t wait to get it in February!!! This new cover is simply beautiful!! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!!!! :D

  • hyliansword

    i love it

  • Dwight

    Awesome! I wish it was released in Brazil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

    Beautiful. Can’t wait :)

  • Timothy

    Only 2 months to go!!! Beautiful cover :D

  • Asilcharity

    Can’t wait! Ordering two, one for me and one for my best friend as a late Xmas present.

  • blueocarina

    Amazing! So excited!

    BTW, does anyone know the name of the background music they used in the youtube video? It sounds really familiar?

    • zeldafever98

      lol did you hear it from spoon vs. spoon :P?

  • pickleslkw

    So this is the new cover??? Ok, ok now I understand. I thought it was one cover before, then I thought is was a different new cover… But I like this one, very scholarly (sp?).

  • littlemissgleek

    Honestly, the English cover looks WAY better, so I’m happy :D and omg I can’t wait for this to come out! …late chrstmas present?

  • mwc1985

    I preordered this off of Amazon the day it was available. Now I will have both the original HH in Japanese and this one in English!

    P.S. The timeline still sucks. :)

    • Tehlul

      heh heh. yea.
      What was it again?
      a three way timeline or something

      • Ryan

        A two way split with a “what if” timeline.

  • Twilight Gale

    We got a better cover than Japan! I’m so lucky. This thing comes out right after my birthday. Late birthday present (and only by ONE DAY!!)!

  • Ben

    The new cover is absolutely gorgeous. It really cannot get here fast enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickholmes08 Nick Holmes

    Love the new cover…so much better. Glad I pre-ordered from Amazon, the price is down to $19.43!

  • Ness1985

    I had this preordered but then I thought about it. I took it off just because of the timeline, whatever.

    • Oracle of Truth

      ….you realize that the book covers more than just the timeline, right? As for myself, I’m getting it for the artwork and monster profiles.

  • The Hylian Monolith

    …I. Need. This. Thing. Right. Now. Can’t . Wait. For. My. Next. Birthday.
    If I’m going to be a Zelda fan, I want the ability to be a Zelda geek too. Not just about the boss strategies and glitches and the last heart container in TP. I’m talking about making this legend become more than just a game. Which it is.

  • baileygirl99

    Whoa! That’s a nice cover! It’s a good thing my mother bought it for me already :-D. !!!!

  • Ninty

    I actually liked the Japanese one a lot… This is…okay though.

  • DunbansBiggestFanForever

    Good stuff

  • Dr_Stein

    Looks totally awesome!!! Can’t wait!

  • TehLeetHaxor

    Looks amazing. I can’t wait to get this.

  • kkummer

    totally looks like the book of mudora now

  • Dr. Bomber

    I don’t think I’ve personally ever bought a physical book in my life. That might have to change soon.

  • Oracle of Truth

    I would say that the design improves upon the Japanese version. Whereas the latter was a celebration of a specific time (the 25th anniversary), this cover encapsulates the whole Zelda history by using the Gate of Time. It’s a great symbol to use, for a book that delves into the series’ past. It’s beautiful. Love the golden emblem and the green.

  • Fingers Crossed

    The perfect gift for my best friend and hopeful future girlfriend, who loves Zelda just as much as I do and maybe even more. A late gift, but perfect anyway.

    • Sadanori

      D’awww, that’s so cute :D

    • wheres_

      Friend zoned.

    • Neyu

      AWWWW that’s adorable! Good luck man! ^_^

  • Sadanori

    Gah, I want this for Xmas. The English cover is SO much better.

  • Pokalink

    So friggen awsome, cant stand the wait :(

  • itsameluigi1290

    On Amazon, it comes out the day before my Birthday.

    AW YEAH.

  • M

    I pre-ordered it months ago :D
    This cover looks better.

  • gabocore

    EUROPE PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    • Omega

      amazon.co.uk ?

    • Clem

      It’s a book. It’s not like it’s region-locked ;)

  • HyruleHistory10

    OMG!!! That looks awesome! I cannot wait!

  • drnedaj

    I actually prefer there Japanese cover with gold on it.

  • MsNerrrrrd

    Oh that’s it. I’m so getting this.

    • Midna’s Sister

      *Brings in Kepora Gebora* SHADDAP AND HAND OVER THE BOOK.

  • Midna’s Sister

    Oooooh, I’m excited.

  • Omega

    wow, I nearly bought a japan version on amazon, I’m happy I didn’t now, cause I don’t read Japanese all that well

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  • Samuel Cline

    Yeah… This cover is better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abigail.gordon.904 Abigail Gordon


  • olde anonymous

    I’ll bet the tycoon wallet full of rupees the official three-way timeline will be outdated and mostly obsolete within… 10 new canonical zelda game releases. Any takers?

  • http://twitter.com/ShieruBocchan The Obnonxious Lord

    I don’t care how much I have to pay for this. I NEED THIS. Like, seriously.
    I had the japanese version in display in front of my eyes @ this year’s JapanExpo in France and my eyes almost popped out my head.

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