This 3D Project Aims to Recreate the Entirety of Zelda's Hyrule

Wind Waker: Unflooded is around 45% complete, according to the latest update.

For those unaware, nearly two years ago, Filmmaker and Musician Joe Kendrick kicked off Wind Waker: Unflooded, a massive 3D modeling project that aims to recreate the entire world of Hyrule in the art style of the 2002 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, imagining what the game's map would look like if it were not submerged underwater.

Using MrJmZack's Lost Kingdom map, which also imagines Hyrule before The Wind Waker's Great Flood, as the main source of inspiration, Wind Waker: Unflooded is being created by Joe in collaboration with over a dozen other artists using Blender, a free and open-source 3D modeling, texturing, rendering, animation, and VFX software. A multitude of the world's locations have already been reimagined, including Kakariko Village, Hateno Village, Ordon Village, Hyrule Castle, and many others.

Recently, the author shared an update on the current progress of the project, announcing that Wind Waker: Unflooded is nearing the halfway mark, sparking hope that someday it will be possible to wander the original game's sunken world. In the new video, Joe showcased the current state of the map, offering a bird's-eye view of some of Hyrule's reimagined locations. You can check out the full video attached above or by visiting the project's official YouTube channel.

And here are some of the earlier showcases shared by the creator:

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