We've recently spotlighted an interesting project being worked on by a YouTuber named CryZENx, wherein The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is redone in Unreal Engine 4. While it hasn't necessarily taken the shape of an actual game yet, there has been plenty of footage of familiar environments and scenes from Ocarina of Time rendered with gallons of bloom lighting and copious amounts of particle effects. Sure, it may be a bit ridiculous at times, but as of now, it's the closest thing to an HD Ocarina of Time that we're going to get.
A new video was recently uploaded to the channel showcasing what Gerudo Valley could look like in this HD fan-make, and it is certainly a sight to behold. You can see the heat wafting off of the dry ground, and it's mostly centered around that bridge. Take a look:
What do you think? Would you like to see an official HD remake in this style? How long do you think it'll be before Nintendo shuts this project down? Drop us a comment in the section below.
Before everyone says something, are these guys making money off of this?
Of course not. Illegal.
@Dezzy Yeah I know...just wanted to get that out there before everyone says that the video will be taken down soon.
@Megumi My understanding is that Nintendo doesn't like fan projects like this, even when they aren't paid. I mean, if they COULD begin selling it, why wouldn't they?
If it was just a flat out remake/port of the original game, then I can see why Nintendo would take it down.
It's gorgeous. Glad I was able to see it before the video was "banned in my country" or something.
The video and the project, as it currently is, is most likely completely legal. However, as the project progresses and it becomes an properly playable game, then I see it taken down. Nintendo is within their rights at any stage.
maybe ya guys should of not did a report on this, it is why it even gets taken down in the first place when everyone and thier dog tries
to get the scoop.
@JTMnM Hey, JTMnM, did you notice how we're the only ones that actually commented on the video versus the legalities involved?
@JTMnM Yeah, that's very strange. Good point, JTMnM.
It's a nice project had it's actually something original and not materials from Nintendo.
The environmental effects look great. The Gerudo Valley music is so good, it's one of my favorites.
While it does look nice (not a huge fan of the amount of particle effects going on and the cartoony style just does not mesh well with the ultra realistic environments for my taste) why does this person instead of remaking OoT just make their own game? I mean Kickstarter has proven that you can get your funding if you have the talent. It will also save you the pain of having to toss all your hard work into the bin when the IP's owners come down on you with the cease and desist orders.
As pretty as it looks, I wouldn't buy an OOT HD remaster. The 3D remake was good enough. It was great at the time, and holds well on 3DS, but with the means we have now, the game's locations just feel a little small.
I'll hold out until Zelda Wii U and its Skyrim feel.
@Wexter I'm not sure if he made everything himself. It's more than likely that he edits the original game. The coding and all are already present, he only does the visuals. And who knows, maybe he already is active in the gaming industry and this is just a side project.
I'm pretty sure Nintendo can still get it taken down. It's probably still against some law. Just a lesser law. A nicer law, that's supposed to allow nice companies to be nice. Which Nintendo groundpounds into irrelevance.
I'd rather see guys with talent make original content. This is cool and all but seems like a waste of time and energy in the end.
A lot of techy graphics folk don't find the same enjoyment in original content. They just enjoy making things look as good as possible.
@Octane Good point. It is just something that has somewhat bothered me with all of these fan remakes popping up recently. The indi scene is hot right now and I just rather see the young talent out there attempt to make their own games rather than be disappointed when their fan games get shut down.
I really like the fact that this guy makes the areas actually playable; it's not just a short animation, it's a short game.
At this point Nintendo should just outsource a remake to the community. Who knows, after mario maker?
@erv The problem is that this isn't a full game, nor running on Nintendo software. A short section of the game might be playable on the average gaming PC, but an entire game? I doubt it. Chances that it'll run on Nintendo's hardware; even less. These are nothing more than tech demos for PC, they will always looks better than an actual playable game (both on PC and consoles).
Try making a whole game look like this, it won't look as good as it does now, not without excessive loading times. Remember when companies I will not name cough Ubisoft cough show off their games and they look incredible and then the actual game doesn't look anywhere near as good? Well that's because graphics like this don't scale well on most hardware. You can dream all you like about a Zelda game looking like this, but I don't see it happening for awhile.
The thing is; so far this guy is only using this to show of his skills in unreal engine, and has only released videos of projects he has done while learning the tool.
He has not released any assets or working code.
If he suddenly announces that its a fan remake and makes moves to release any working code or gives indication that this is his intent, i think it will be shut down.
Until that happens, its closer to a art project or "fan-art" then anything else.
But as someone pointed out, lets comment on the video it self:
Very cool. I can see he is slowly improving on the movement of link in each of these and see some of his skills in lighting and modeling improving as well. I think he stated on his youtube channel that these video's are of projects he is doing to teach him self unreal engine, and he is definitely learning.
Looks beautiful, although I really prefer the look of Zelda U.
Man this is killing me, eventually it is a matter of time before Nintendo shuts down this fan project like the other ones
I would love to see a Zelda game with visuals this nice one day (the last few have be a bit dull looking imo) it looks fantastic!
I don't like the heat-haze effect. It doesn't feel right in Gerudo's valley.
I just don't think these look good at all. the environments do not mesh with the character design. When you look at a Zelda game, everything looks like they coexist with each other and this version Link looks like an alien out of place in a foreign land.
a little too much heat haze. It looks like Link would die from a heatstroke, and the waterfall would evaporate before hitting the bottom.
Whilst it looks great, it doesn't have that Zelda feel to it.
@MitchVogel if i may just try to make the website a tiny bit better, may i just say: the thing that tells me i need to login to comment should tell me instead to log in to comment. as in phrasal verb instead of noun.
this is the part where i get booed lol.
@JTMnM #9 #10 I'm tempted to give both of you a +1 for comedy value...
As for your point: to me it just seems to be fan fiction/fan art, but Nintendo will probably think different.
Although, contrary to some games, like the 3D version of the original Zelda, none of his work has been taken down yet and can be easily found on YouTube, on several channels.
Before long this guy will have the entire game remade!
The heat effect is too much. Beside that it looks pretty cool.
Yeah, pretty decent overall, except for the over-exaggerated heat wave effect, and personally, I think Navi is also a bit off.
No need to add effects just because we can...
@feelinsupersonic Boo! XD
The main problem is that the world is too realistic, which doesn't really feel right when you've got a kid who's dressed like an elf.
@Megumi Nintendo is very protective of it's IPs and with good reason. The nature of the project doesn't matter, it will always be taken down if it gets too much attention.
Everything looks stunning except for that one Gerudo guard, who is still in N64 graphics. Lol.
They should try the Shadow Temple or the royal tomb in the graveyard next, that could look spooky as heck...
While I love seeing fan projects like this I personally wouldn't care so much for an HD remake of OoT because I already have the 3DS version.
The cliffs brought back memories of Uncharted 3. Looks nearly identical!
DROOOOOL. I wish Zelda games were this beautiful!
Looks okay, but what Nintendo are doing with Zelda Wii U looks a lot better.
If SE can do a FF VII remake, why can't Nintendo do an OoT remake from the ground up? I don't think I'd want changes as drastic as what SE is doing to their game, but I'd like to see more than what Nintendo has already done on WW and TP.
So apparently this is 'a waste of time'.
Let's see people. so practicing using the engine to learn more about it is a waste of time?
It's just a side/hobby project. Don't expect to see the full game
Every time there's a video of the genre, they add way too many light effects.. And why OoT all the time. If you guys want a nice fan game to play, search for Legend of Princess.
They'll shut down for sure.
As long as they aren't using copyrighted art and distributing the thing, it's unlikely Nintendo will shut them down.
The designs are of course owned by Nintendo, but a video showcase of recreated models are typically considered fair use by the big N, as long as they don't do a "let's play" revealing puzzle solutions and story points.
Becuase it's illegal. Thousands of art students have copied Rembrandt paintings to learn from him, but they don't go out and sell them afterwards. Nintendo are typically fine with people learning by copying.
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