Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity may be just around the corner, but Zelda fans are already taking things into their own hands to experience Hyrule in a whole new light.
As fans of the series will likely know, the upcoming Hyrule Warriors game will let us see the world of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as it was 100 years ago. This means that we'll get to see familiar locations in all their grandeur before they were ultimately destroyed during The Great Calamity itself.
Of course, Age of Calamity is a Warriors game first and foremost, however, meaning the open-world nature of Breath of the Wild won't be replicated in quite the same way. So, a modder going by the name of banan039 has decided to incorporate the living, breathing locations found in Age of Calamity into Breath of the Wild itself.
As spotted by GamingReinvented, the video above shows a fully restored Sacred Ground Ruins as well as new towns and labs, all made to look like Hyrule 100 years ago. There's still work to be done – plenty of locations still need to be added, and NPCs and the like aren't appearing as they should – but you've got to admire the dedication.
Thankfully, you won't need to go to all of this effort yourself – Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is just days away, launching on Switch on 20th November.
[source youtube.com, via gamingreinvented.com]
@SuperCharr the original model had some basic homebrew (I think?), but Nintendo fixed that with a hardware revision. I'm sure there are still hacks out there...somewhere.
I'd guess most of the modding is on the Wii U version.
I wish Nintendo allowed mods on BotW like Bethesda did with Skyrim, as that extended the lifespan of that game by years.
I've grown bored with BotW and I don't really want to go through the shrine grind again.
It's very upsetting that you NintendoLife and @RyanCraddock cover modders who are actually illegally changing the software that does not belong to them. It's OK to do it for themshelves but to actually advertise their work is absurd and possibly against the law.
It's weird as hell seeing BOTW but with things on the map as opposed to an interactive Windows XP desktop
Again Nintendolife advocating for piracy. People, this is illegal. If you want to legally mod something in a Nintendo game, get yourself a copy of Mario Maker.
And if you don't want to be limited by Mario Maker, then create your own game.
Came for the fanboys to cry about modding and emulation, was not disappointed.
@sanderev Emulation and modding is not piracy. Decades of lawsuits prove this.
I was waiting for someone to do this. Admittedly though his own hacks tossed in like the Vah Medoh glider kind of ruin the immersion a little bit but that's all good.
@Menchi Distributing other's work without permission is piracy. Which is exactly what is happening here. Also changing software you don't own the rights to is also piracy.
@sanderev Who says anything about him distributing it? He's showing off what he has done in his own personal copy of the game.
@Cosats Why would it be illegal for people to talk about it but not for people to do it themselves?
That's really cool to see. Really don't get how people could be against this, as it really doesn't hurt anyone, financially or otherwise. Modding is also very much legal in my country at least, if it isn't in yours I really don't give a damn.
This is super cool
@sanderev @Cosats I mean yeah it's a bit wrong, but I'm pretty sure modding is legal as long as the developers allow it, and even then the worst that would happen is a ban from a game, so it's not illegal. It's just looked at negatively by most developers, but as long as it's not breaking the terms of service, it's fine.
Of course, Nintendo and I think Sony doesn't allow modding, but even then, that doesn't make it flat out illegal on consoles.
I still don't recommend on any platform other than PC, and not on Online Games, but it's not considered illegal, at least where I live.
And it's ridiculous that you would say that they're supporting mods, when in reality they are just showing it off because it's cool.
They're not hurting anyone, so why bother complaining!?
Now, the bigger question is will BotW2 have Hyrule rebuilt? I guess we'll find out soon enough....
@auck well that depends if Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 story is set like 5/10 years after Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.
i whished Nintendo allowed and encourage people doing Mods in they games, this would give a small/huge boost in the sales and popularity of the games they allow to mod it.
Mods are not illegal. Mods have been encouraged my many many companies. Just because Nintendo them don't like it doesn't mean it is automatically illegal.
Hell someone made a mod for Just Cause 2 on pc that added multiplayer and SE loved it so much they added as a mod on steam. When Just Cause 3 was released SE encouraged the same people to make the multiplayer mod for the game again.
Another example of SE is that someone did a upgrade of the original Deux ex and added 10 hours of extra gameplay on pc and SE was very impressed that they added it on steam for free for old and new owners of the original game.
Some games can live for a long long time with mods. Skyrim would be nowhere as popular as it is now if it wasn't for mods. Yes it would be popular but not on the same level if Bethesda didn't allow mods.
If someone can pull this off, that'll be sooo cool!
@sanderev No one's work is being distributed illegally. This is a video, which is fair use. Otherwise, all let's plays, speedruns, etc. would be illegal.
@link3710 @HotGoomba___Rebrand @Menchi
A video alone is a distribution of it. For instance I can't upload an entire movie to Youtube because that is piracy. Same copyright laws apply here. It's also not commentary on the original so it can never be fair use.
It's 100% illegal.
@HotGoomba___Rebrand And yes, some publishers allow games to be modded. But that is not the case here. Which makes it illegal. It's up to the publisher to allow their work to be used by others. That is how copyright works.
@Cosats Its ilegal???? are they selling or something?
@sanderev @modding and piracy are totally different things... why are you equating them???
For starters, Modding is not ilegal
@sanderev Its not up to the publisher to decide whats legal or whats not.
You seem to have little understanding of copyright laws, thats not how it works.
@sanderev Uploading recorded footage of video games (modded or not) is absolutely not illegal. YouTube is loaded with Let’s Plays and mod showcases, none of which are struck with copyright claims by the publishers. Posting footage of a video game is not the same thing at all as posting an entire film. Games are an interactive medium that require input from the player, unlike a movie, which is a static, unchanging and purely narrative experience.
BotW mods are super cool and I'm all here for it. Been wanting to give them a try for the longest time on PC.
@ChaosBadger777 or just make your own game. Why do you all need mods? if you dislike the game this much why bother playing? something I don't understand. You want to change the complete look. It's not as it was meant to by the makers. Well each his own
@Alucard83 People make mods cause they love the games. Some mods just replace the models or textures which is a simple mod. Others can add so much extra content to the game that will add extra hours and most important to me it can help improve the games performance.
Example Nier on PC is really really poorly optimized but with a fan patch (mod) improves the games performance that makes playing the game a much better experience without changing anything else in the game.
@Alucard83 Bethesda allows mods and it has extended the lifespan of the games massively. Look how many still stream Skyrim and Fallout 4 playing with different mods.
Its not about disliking a game, mods can add a new layer/dimension to a game that would otherwise have become stale and boring.
Why are you so against player freedom? I bet your loads of fun at parties.
@sanderev That doesn't make it illegal. It makes it against the Game's Terms of Service. The Government of Nevada isn't going to break down your door for changing your skin on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Lol modding is fine guys.
I can’t believe someone would get angry over this. It’s just someone making a cool mod. He doesn’t sell it. Stupid fanboys.
@Dethmunk well that a risk that any game can be modded can suffer, if Nintendo allow modding in her games, like Bethesda allow, they need to give some rules, if people for example that mod Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild or other Nintendo game and brake they rules, Nintendo can take measures and ban that person for using certain services on Switch or it sucessor.
People have been modding games since Spacewar! in the 1960s. It tends to benefit the developers, since you typically need the base game to even run a mod. The "make your own game" argument is ridiculous. The Stanley Parable and Dear Esther, which birthed the walking simulator genre, started their lives as Half-Life 2 mods. Half-Life, in turn, was largely made by a cabal of young Doom modders. And Doom wouldn't exist if, years earlier, the two Johns hadn't made a famous Mario 3 mod or conversion for PC and proved what the format was capable of (back when PCs weren't that powerful).
@Cosats They are not advertising him. His mid is not for sale. Besides, people cover mods all of the time on Botw and monetize them, so why are you fine with that but outraged with this
@Beaucine I knew about Stanley Parable and Half Life were made from mods but never knew about the Johns porting Mario 3.
Granted they weren't able to actually release the thing, for obvious reasons, but thanks to them practicing with Mario 3 for PC, they went on to Commander Keen and, eventually, Doom.
@Cosats modding video games has never been against the law. In fact some of gaming's biggest titles started out as game mods, such as Counter Strike and DOTA
@Menchi Modding and advertizing of hacking is illegal. Laws forbid it. When you mess with the works and intellectual properties of others without permission you are illegal. Wake up from you fantasy world.
@otoad62 @SilentHunter382 @Zequio @thesilverbrick @FiveTwoZero It's not people talking about it. It's a company, NintendoLife, Nlife Media, partner of Gamer Network, that officially talks about it promoting modding and hacking. That makes it illegal.
ps: I hope this update in the comments section where replies are beneath comments comes sooner than later.
@Cosats no, it simply is not illegal. they are simply telling people about mods, that's not illegal. Modding video games has always been legal and is a major part of the gaming community. Some companies, like nintendo, don't like it, but no one is breaking the law.
@Cosats Modding is not illegal, unless it is distributed for profit. Obviously, this is free. Heck, even mods like Relics of the Past are free, and RotP is one of the most popular BotW mods ever. If you have a problem with modding then you don't need to care about it. You think Nintendo doesn't know about these mods? You don't think it would have taken action against a website like GameBanana.com if it was freaking illegal? As for the "make your own game" argument, that's literally the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Have you ever tried making a game? And I don't mean a stupid Ping Pong game on Scratch, I mean a real game using a respectable game engine like Unreal Engine or Unity, let alone a 3D open world game. Do you think Nintendo would spend years on BotW and BotW 2 if it was that easy? It's clear from that single statement that you have no clue the effort that goes into making a game, and how mods make it better, enhancing the experience.
@Cosats who cares though, don't be such a killjoy
@sanderev stop being such a drone, let people enjoy things and be happy there's a passionate modding community for the game
@Kimyonaakuma I am betting most of it is on Dolphin or similar emulators.
Sees people complain about Cosats and sanderev
Ignored them a long time ago
Thanks again for the feature Nintendolife! Everyone, please just ignore the trolls. We don't need them opening up arguments that have already been beaten to death.
Also on this note, check out these nice presentations on emulators at the Game Developer's Conference:
@Envy I have nothing against modding, I have done some modding in the past as well (Nintendo DS). Just as long as you do it yourself without distributing what you did or how. Because that leads to piracy, and (in this case) Nintendo losing money.
Because when I had my 3DS flashcard I noticed something, I got my games for free. But the companies that made the games would not release a 2nd version of the game on the DS. Because everyone pirated the game. That costs Nintendo a lot of money. And being a software developer myself, I decided there and then that I will never pirate another game.
And up until now, I kept that promise. And I see no reason to break it.
If you want to mod a game? Then get yourself a PC, download Steam, buy Skyrim (and many other games) and get modding. But as long as the publisher allows it.
Or if you want to mod on your Switch? Buy Super Mario Maker 2 or RPG Maker. You have legal choices.
In the end I like being paid for my work. I can see why people who work at Nintendo also like being paid for their work.
And yes, after throwing out my DS flashcard, I bought most of the games that were on it.
@Cosats Lol Nintendo works hard enough censoring hardworking talented freelance developers, you have no need to do this. It's actually not illegal to post this, it's being used for non-commercial purposes and brings attention to the base game, as well as gives you a cool idea of what a game like BotW could look like with more civilization.
@sanderev well these people aren't pirating the game, they are buying the game and THEN modifying it.
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