Mod DB user Exkodius recently released the project files for a first-person The Legend of Zelda fan game that runs on the Doom engine, citing a lack of time to complete the crossover. The modder hopes someone else will be able to complete the project so all fans might enjoy a unique trek into 8-bit Hyrule.
“I have received several requests to release the files to the open waves of the net wich [sic] by now I think is the only valid option,” said Exkodius via the Mod DB forums. “I really hope someone with the passion or just the know how can have some use of this and mabye [sic] even finish it?”
The idea to recreate the original Zelda in a first-person Doom style began in 2016, and while the project isn’t quite a game by definition, a portion of the overworld has been faithfully built as a sort of testing ground for those who want to explore what a 3D, 8-bit Hyrule might feel like. The mod also allows those able to load it to play through an original Doom level as Link, taking down enemies with his traditional sword and shield. Now that the files are open to the public, it’s possible for anyone with the modding skills and free time to bring the rest of the game to life.
If you happen to be so inclined, the developer files can be found here. The below video posted by YouTube user Commander Matias is a brief run through the mod, showcasing both the Zelda overworld and the Doom level as Link. Are you up for the challenge?