Just as Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity helped reshape and explore Zelda: Breath of the Wild's history, Omega Force could follow up this Zelda spin-off with another retelling of Hyrule's legacy through the lore Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has now established. Though Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has a tenuous relationship to the canon of Zelda, something which was the target of speculation ahead of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, it still served as an interesting insight into the world before Zelda: Breath of the Wild. So while it might remain just as non-canon as its predecessor, there is room for a potential follow-up to Age of Calamity.
However, similar to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom doesn't leave much time for a full story to unfold as many players estimate only a short while has passed between the two games. But just as Age of Calamity was a prequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so too could a new Hyrule Warriors precede Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Arguably, it could even exist as the ultimate prequel to the current "Era of the Wilds" that Zelda finds itself in, with Hyrule Warriors taking its next game all the way back to the time of the Imprisoning War.
Time Travel's Established Role Between Age of Calamity and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Though Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom tell very different stories, the format between them shares a lot alike, such as Link's discovery of a hidden past from long ago. In Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this was the arrival of Calamity Ganon and its devastation across Hyrule, while it was the series of events surrounding Ganondorf's rise to power and subsequent imprisonment in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Crucially, both games relegated a lot of history to the players' imaginations as the only canon established is what is seen through flashbacks or character dialogue, which is where Hyrule Warriors seems to thrive.
While it was a different approach than players were anticipating, Age of Calamity establishes from the start that it's not a typical prequel as it disrupts the timeline with Terrako traveling back in time to try and prevent Calamity Ganon's destruction. It wouldn't be out of place then if a prequel to Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom likewise used a similar set-up, especially as it had already utilized time travel with Zelda and the Master Sword being sent to Hyrule's past. For example, taking Zelda's perspective into the next Hyrule Warriors like Terrako could be the player's entry point to the game.
A Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Prequel Brings New Characters, Settings, and Powers
Just as Age of Calamity had been able to introduce the original Champions and younger versions of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's characters, the next Hyrule Warriors could bring back the likes of Princess Zelda, Rauru, and the other Zelda Sages if set during the Imprisoning War. It would also give players a chance to see firsthand the initial war with Ganondorf that led to Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. If time travel were to factor into the game, then it would also be possible for Link and the new Sages to also appear.
But returning characters alone isn't all a prequel to Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom would bring, as the game introduces much more to the world that was seen in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. For instance, not only would the sky islands and the depths pose as potential new battlegrounds, but there would be new factions to fight, such as the Gerudo being led by Ganondorf, or the Zonai Constructs under the direction of Rauru and Mineru. Alongside the Sacred Stones that the Sages possess, the powers it grants them, and how Ganondorf ultimately comes into possession of one, all this provides an ample scope of combat to explore.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is available now on Nintendo Switch.