The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild got near-perfect scores across the board, but some modders think that there’s a way to make the game even better: by adding multiplayer.
In an incredibly ambitious move, some modders working with the emulated Wii U version of the game are beginning a project that will hopefully allow players to explore Hyrule with a friend.
The project, according to Fooni, a member of the emulator community on the group’s Discord, is extremely early on in development. Since Breath of the Wild was never intended to be a multiplayer game, there’s a lot of work for modders to do before anything will be even close to playable. The community estimates that the mod will be in development for at least a year, if not a lot longer.
In the meantime, though, there are some pretty cool screenshots of what the modders have accomplished so far. By opening Cemu, the Wii U emulator, in two clients at once and playing on a single PC, modders have been able to make an NPC controllable, change its model to Link, and teleport it to the original Link—essentially making a second playable main character.
Of course, there are a lot of other issues to work out. How will inventory management work, for example? More worryingly, how will Nintendo deal with the mod? It’s very likely that if this project does get off the ground that Nintendo will be forced to intervene and shut it down in order to protect its intellectual property.
In the meantime, though, we can keep our dreams of challenging friends to a paragliding race across Hyrule’s open skies. Maybe, if we keep our fingers crossed, Nintendo will provide us with an official Four Swords-style multiplayer adventure in a Breath of the Wild sequel.