A YouTuber named RwanLink recreated Castle Town from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as a Studio Ghibli film to commemorate the game’s 25th anniversary. The YouTuber made the environment and characters in Unreal Engine 5, working over 600 hours to complete the project. It was a one person job, aside from the music, as reported by Eurogamer.
It’s got a gorgeous opening cinematic in the style of Studio Ghibli. The gameplay recalls Wind Waker, newer cel-shaded Zelda titles, Tears of the Kingdom, and Breath of the Wild. There are various characters such as Gorons, Gerudo, Hylians aplenty, and even some ladies who look straight from the Renaissance. The main antagonist Ganondorf also shows up.
The gameplay is slightly choppy but extremely impressive. There are countless NPCs just about everywhere, exceeding the number in an actual Zelda game. The music is on-point, and it looks cute and fun to explore, resembling a Zelda title.
This project follows the recent announcement of a live-action adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke. Some fans were displeased with the idea of a live-action film, as animation seems to be the best way to do the story and characters justice. However, director Wes Ball, from the Maze Runner films, will be responsible for the film’s release.