A Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fan has created a Google Maps-inspired map of Hyrule, complete with panoramic views of the game world.
A Google Maps version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s map of Hyrule has been created by a software designer. The incredible website works similarly to Google’s official service, allowing fans to select pins across Hyrule for first-person, panoramic views of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s map.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s enormous open-world is one of the many draws of the game, giving Zelda fans lots of different types of areas to discover from grassy plains to snow-capped mountains. While BOTW‘s game world includes famous locations known throughout the franchise such as Hyrule Castle and Lake Hylia, the title also introduces new realms to explore, including Akkala and Necluda. As well as being large, the map is packed with secrets to discover and quests to fulfill, and a full exploration of the map can add countless hours of gameplay long after the main story is completed. BOTW‘s map is so iconic it’s even being made in Minecraft by one skilled Zelda fan.
As spotted by GameRant, the Google Maps-inspired Zelda project is already coming along nicely. Content creator Nassim’s Software‘s Google Maps version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s Hyrule might not be complete yet, but the website is already taking shape with lots of Google-inspired pins offering a new way to explore the world. Fans need only click on the pins on Nassim’s Software’s website to enjoy various 360-degree “street view” style images of Hyrule, with plans to expand the map in the future. In a YouTube video, Nassim’s Software delves into how the website was created, using open source panorama viewer for the web, Pannellum, and equirectangular screenshots from the game.
The unfinished product consists of an overview of the game map with some of the areas of Breath of the Wild already filled in with pins, but completing the Google Map of Hyrule won’t be an easy feat due to the effort required. The first-person screenshots used for the map have been collected using a Wii U emulator, with the creator capturing the landscapes while rotating the camera 180-degrees across, 45-degrees up and down, and then removing the UI elements. The map’s completion will be no short task, and the software engineer has asked for fans to help the project by submitting new locations.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the biggest games in the Zelda franchise, but it’s likely to be bested when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 releases. While the sequel’s map hasn’t yet been revealed, it’s likely to present new challenges for anyone looking to create a Google Map based on it thanks to what appears to be an overworld in the sky, which Link is seen traveling through in the latest game trailer. Nintendo has confirmed its targeting a 2022 release for Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.
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