Zelda: BotW has a co-op mod in development

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Published by FileTrekker 1 year ago , last updated 9 months ago

Don't be surprised when this mod gets taken down, but one member of the fan community is working on a Co-Op multiplayer mod for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and while it's legality is dubious, it's technical achievements are very impressive.

The mod requires the use of the Cemu Wii U emulator (Why are Nintendo consoles always so easy to get emulators for?) to work, so you can't use this natively on a Wii U, but should you legally own a copy of the game, you could in theory do this, and use this mod to play online either another legal-copy-owning friend. Although it's probably also a violation of the EULA, but you can take that risk on your own terms, you're big boys and girls.

The mod performs some trickery by taking an NPC from somewhere else in the game, respawning them near the player, then swapping the model out for Link and assigning control to Player 2. It works only locally, on a single PC, and it's also incredibly unstable, but it is nevertheless an impressive technical achievement.

The mod is still being developed, the mod author, Fooni, says it will take several years to get the bugs ironed out and to perfect the process, which is plenty of time for Nintendo to slap it's usual takedown request on it.

So while it's unlikely this mod will ever see light of day, it's still a noteworthy achievement, and one worth acknowledgement.

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