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As we all know, The Legend of Zelda series is set in a fantasy universe which sticks to some pretty basic rules - magic and swords are the weapons of choice. However, with titles like Spirit Tracks (trains) and Skyward Sword (AI-like constructs like Fi) Nintendo has tentatively pushed the franchise into new realms, and perhaps one day we might even see a Zelda game that is set in the near-future.

If that day ever comes - and we're not sure it ever will - then we sure hope that Link looks like he does in this piece of artwork. Created by French artist Jeremy Vitry - who has worked with Ubisoft in the past - for the recent Character Design Challenge, this tech-armour Hero of Time takes inspiration from Blizzard's forthcoming Overwatch:

The goal here was to redesign a character from the Legend of Zelda. I decided to go with Link and try to make a futuristic version of him. I also wanted him to look a bit like an Overwatch character, since I've been playing the game a lot lately and the designs are so freaking awesome!

While the idea of a future Link might send purists into a seething rage, we think this character looks pretty cool. What do you think? Let us know by posting a comment.

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[via kotaku.com, artstation.com]